Definitive George Shearing

The Definitive George Shearing

by George Shearing
     
 

British-born pianist George Shearing's work for the MGM and Capitol record labels from the late '40s to the early '60s is collected on this 21-track compilation. Beginning with four tracks recorded for MGM in 1949 with his unique quintet of guitar, bass, drums, and vibraphone (which would double the melody he was playing with his right hand), Shearing's piano work is…  See more details below

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British-born pianist George Shearing's work for the MGM and Capitol record labels from the late '40s to the early '60s is collected on this 21-track compilation. Beginning with four tracks recorded for MGM in 1949 with his unique quintet of guitar, bass, drums, and vibraphone (which would double the melody he was playing with his right hand), Shearing's piano work is always tasteful and guaranteed to swing. Although the players regularly changed, he stuck with the quintet with vibraphone format throughout this period. Of special note are the three tracks included where Shearing backs up vocalists: 1951's "You're Driving Me Crazy (What Did I Do?)" featuring Billy Eckstine, 1959's "You Came a Long Way From St. Louis" with Peggy Lee, and 1960's "The Nearness of You" featuring Nancy Wilson. There are also two solo tracks ("Tenderly" from 1950 and "Memories of You" from 1960) and one trio track ("What Is This Thing Called Love" from 1962). This disc does a very nice job of capturing the laid-back sound of Shearing and is a good place to start a collection of his work. It is also recommended to anyone looking for an album of quiet, romantic piano tunes.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/24/2002
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0731458985723
catalogNumber:
589857

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Shearing   Primary Artist,Piano
Peggy Lee   Vocals
Nancy Wilson   Vocals
Gary Burton   Vibes
Eddie Costa   Vibes
Billy Eckstine   Vocals
Dick Garcia   Guitar
Armando Peraza   Bongos,Conga
Joe Roland   Vibes
Chuck Wayne   Guitar
McKibbon   Bass
Israel Crosby   Bass
George Duvivier   Bass
Ray Alexander   Vibes
Denzil Best   Drums
Walter Bolden   Drums
Percy Brice   Drums
Gene Cherico   Bass
Warren Chiasson   Vibes
Bill Clark   Drums
George Devens   Vibes
Don Elliott   Vibes
Marquis Foster   Drums
Vernel Fournier   Drums
Margie Hyams   Vibes
Larance Marable   Drums
Carl Pruitt   Bass
Emil Richards   Vibes
Wyatt Ruther   Bass
Toots Thielemans   Guitar,Harmonica
Cal Tjader   Vibes
Ron Anthony   Guitar
Dick Evans   Guitar
John Levy   Bass

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Lester Young   Composer
Edgar Sampson   Composer
John Benson Brooks   Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Executive Producer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Peter Pullman   Copy Editing
Don Raye   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Bob Russell   Composer
Richard Seidel   Executive Producer
Ned Washington   Composer
Brian Priestley   Liner Notes
Tom Evered   Executive Producer
Hollis King   Creative Design
Patricia Johnston   Composer
Lewis Gensler   Composer
Ken Druker   Executive Producer
Pat Johnston   Composer
Gordon H. Jee   Creative Design

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