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Lullabies of Birdland - A Musical Autobiography

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
As versatile as he is virtuosic, pianist George Shearing is captured in a multitude of settings on this fine collection. By no means a complete career retrospective, Lullabies picks and chooses from Shearing's many Verve, Concord, and Telarc recordings. Among the artists that Shearing collaborates with are singers Mel Tormé, Carmen McRae, and Ernestine Andrews; guitarists Wes Montgomery and Jim Hall; and pianists Marian McPartland and Hank Jones. There are also choice examples of Shearing’s exquisite solo performances, as well as individual duets with the accomplished bassists Brian Torff and Neil Swainson. Highlights include Shearing’s first hit, “September in the ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
As versatile as he is virtuosic, pianist George Shearing is captured in a multitude of settings on this fine collection. By no means a complete career retrospective, Lullabies picks and chooses from Shearing's many Verve, Concord, and Telarc recordings. Among the artists that Shearing collaborates with are singers Mel Tormé, Carmen McRae, and Ernestine Andrews; guitarists Wes Montgomery and Jim Hall; and pianists Marian McPartland and Hank Jones. There are also choice examples of Shearing’s exquisite solo performances, as well as individual duets with the accomplished bassists Brian Torff and Neil Swainson. Highlights include Shearing’s first hit, “September in the Rain” (recorded in 1949) and the 1952 version of the pianist’s original composition “Lullaby of Birdland,” subsequently his signature song. (Two other versions of “Birdland” appear, a fascinating 1985 Latin reworking with Tito Puente and an understated 1987 collaboration with Swainson.) In all, a fine overview of a beloved performer.
All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
In 1979, after a number of years in semi-obscurity, pianist George Shearing made a comeback by signing to Concord. Over the next ten years he showed that he'd lost none of the subtlety that had won him accolades when recording with his quintet in the 1950s and 1960s. Lullabies of Birdland: A Musical Autobiography recaps Shearing's long career, starting with "September in the Rain" in 1949 and ending with "Fly Me to the Moon" -- recorded appropriately at Birdland -- in 2000. The pianist's most famous composition, the title cut, appears in three different settings over the course of two discs: the first with the George Shearing Quintet in 1952, the second with Tito Puente in 1985, and the final one, featuring a stripped-down setting, in 1987. There are many surprises on these discs, including the startling arrangement and performance on a nearly ten-minute version of "Love for Sale." There are also a number of equal billings with partners like guitarist Jim Hall, pianist Marian McPartland, and singer Mel Tormé. The only small complaint is that much of the content of Lullabies of Birdland is comprised of material recorded between 1979 and 1989 the years he spent with Concord. Only five cuts represent his work between 1949 and 1979, and only two represent his work in the '90s, meaning that these discs fail to give a full-fledged "autobiography" as promised in the album's subtitle. Lullabies of Birdland is nonetheless a fine collection, and an excellent introduction to Shearing's work at Concord.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/2004
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431221128
  • Catalog Number: 2211
  • Sales rank: 32,745

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 September in the Rain (3:16)
  2. 2 Lullaby of Birdland (2:43)
  3. 3 Mambo Inn (2:20)
  4. 4 Darn That Dream (4:21)
  5. 5 Heart and Soul - Joe Williams (3:08)
  6. 6 For Every Man There's a Woman (3:54)
  7. 7 Too Late Now (5:06)
  8. 8 Love for Sale (9:47)
  9. 9 Alone Together - Marian McPartland (4:13)
  10. 10 Emily (5:54)
  11. 11 It Might as Well Be Spring - Mel Tormé (4:42)
  12. 12 I Cover the Waterfront (5:35)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Easy to Love (3:48)
  2. 2 I've Got You Under My Skin (4:42)
  3. 3 Lullaby of Birdland (4:18)
  4. 4 My Silent Love (4:22)
  5. 5 There Is No Greater Love (5:33)
  6. 6 New York, New York Medley: For Me and My Gal/Mack the Knife/Birth ... - Mel Tormé (6:11)
  7. 7 Lullaby of Birdland (5:08)
  8. 8 Lonely Moments (4:17)
  9. 9 Body and Soul (4:44)
  10. 10 Blue Monk (6:59)
  11. 11 You're My Everything (4:21)
  12. 12 How Beautiful Is Night (4:44)
  13. 13 Fly Me to the Moon (7:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Shearing Primary Artist, Piano
Tito Puente Percussion, Timbales
Kenny Davern Clarinet
Jim Hall Guitar
Hank Jones Piano
Buddy Montgomery Vibes
Wes Montgomery Guitar
Ken Peplowski Tenor Saxophone
Walter Perkins Drums
Marvin "Smitty" Smith Drums
Neil Swainson Bass
Brian Torff Bass
Mel Tormé Vocals
Warren Vaché Cornet
Joe Williams Vocals
Dick Garcia Guitar
George Masso Trombone
Monk Montgomery Bass
Armando Peraza Bongos, Conga
Joe Roland Vibes
Chuck Wayne Guitar
John Leitham Bass
Al McKibbon Bass
Denzil Best Drums
Ray Brown Bass
Bill Clark Drums
George Devens Vibes
Robert Farnon Conductor
Marquis Foster Drums
Jimmy Frisaura Valve Trombone
Ray Gonzalez Trumpet
Stix Hooper Drums
Margie Hyams Vibes
Dennis Mackrel Drums
Jose Madera Conga
Carmen McRae Vocals
Marian McPartland Piano
Donny Osborne Drums
Mario Rivera Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Rodriguez Bass
John "Dandy" Rodriguez Bongos
Reg Schwager Guitar
Andy Simpkins Bass
Toots Thielemans Guitar
Barry Tuckwell French Horn
Don Thompson Quartet Vibes
John Levy Bass
Technical Credits
Marc Blitzstein Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Tito Puente Producer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
George Shearing Composer
Edgar Sampson Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Mary Lou Williams Composer
Bertolt Brecht Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Mario Bauzá Composer
Lew Brown Composer
John Burk Executive Producer
Eddie DeLange Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Howard Dietz Composer
Al Dubin Composer
Robert Farnon Arranger, Composer
Johnny Green Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Carl Jefferson Producer
Isham Jones Composer
Orrin Keepnews Producer
Burton Lane Composer
Alan Jay Lerner Composer
Johnny Mandel Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Thelonious Monk Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Marty Symes Composer
Tom Morgan Producer
James Van Heusen Composer
Harry Warren Composer
George David Weiss Composer
Joseph Young Composer
Abbey Anna Art Direction
Bobby Woodlen Composer
Glen Barros Executive Producer
Dana Suesse Composer
Alyn Shipton Liner Notes
Dale Sheets Management
Robert Sour Composer
Frank Eyton Composer
Mort Dixon Composer
Edgar Leslie Composer
Grace Sampson Composer
Stephen Ballantine Composer
George W. Meyer Composer
Seth Presant Mastering
Dave Cavanaugh Producer
E. Ray Goetz Composer
Bart Howard Composer
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