The Definitive George Shearing

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
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...
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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
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: 9/24/2002
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 731458985723
  • Catalog Number: 589857
  • Sales rank: 171,965

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
Al 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
Alvin Lee 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
Jeff Willens Mastering
Lewis Gensler Composer
Ken Druker Executive Producer
Pat Johnston Composer
Gordon H. Jee Creative Design
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