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Rare Delight of You
     

The Rare Delight of You

by George Shearing Quintet
 

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It seemed inevitable that guitarist and vocalist John Pizzarelli would end up recording with the legendary pianist George Shearing. Their sensibilities mesh beautifully; both men are fanciers of good song, paragons of melodic improvisation, and veritable bastions of aesthetic taste when it comes to easy-swinging, mainstream jazz. For this collaboration, Shearing looks

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It seemed inevitable that guitarist and vocalist John Pizzarelli would end up recording with the legendary pianist George Shearing. Their sensibilities mesh beautifully; both men are fanciers of good song, paragons of melodic improvisation, and veritable bastions of aesthetic taste when it comes to easy-swinging, mainstream jazz. For this collaboration, Shearing looks backward to the group sound that made him famous in the 1950s: a linked vibes-guitar-piano sonority that still floats with effervescent charm. Pizzarelli’s light-toned singing and poised guitar work find their way into the mix perfectly. Working through a program of high-quality standards ("If Dreams Come True," “Be Careful, It’s My Heart”)and a few idiomatically fitting originals ("The Rare Delight of You" and "I Predict") the delighted guest, the venerable icon, and the rest of the top-notch band (including bassist Neil Swainson and drummer Dennis Mackrell) all triumph on this low-key yet utterly winning project.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
John Pizzarelli teams with the George Shearing Quintet to reveal their unique musical chemistry on The Rare Delight of You, a 15-track gem filled with the ambience of such great composers as Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Harry Warren, and the master himself, George Shearing. Pizzarelli, a master of the Great American Songbook, showcases his musical heirlooms -- buoyant, loving vocals and quality guitar skills -- alongside Shearing's authentic and full-spirited piano savvy with brilliant insight and freedom of expression without exceeding the boundaries of the original compositions. The results are tender, expressive, jazz renderings that resound with taste and class. The best-selling guitarist and his wife, Jessica Molaskey, co-wrote "I Predict" with Shearing and also co-wrote the title track, "The Rare Delight of You." The latter, a tender, love ballad with the potential to become a jazz standard, is a relaxing song that conjures a variety of loving moods. Among the more delightful and memorable songs are "September in the Rain" and "Be Careful It's My Heart." Pizzarelli delivers them with all their harmony and richness, quietly, softly in tune with the light and, at times, swinging piano accompaniment of Shearing. The group dynamic is also interesting since they've mastered an ever-changing body of arrangements. Great music attracts the best musicians and Shearing's Quintet: Dennis Mackrel on drums, Ted Piltzecker on vibraphone, Reg Schwager on guitar, and Neil Swainson on bass are among the attributes that make this CD a success. They immerse the listener in a variety of musical moods and set the tone on this one-of-a-kind musical terrain with a distinctive subdued passion. John Pizzarelli meets the same self-imposed standards he set on "Let There Be Love" and continues to deliver the goods with enthusiasm, earnest humility, and charm.
52nd St. Jazz
Pizzarelli’s singing is so relaxed and comfortable, it is easy to underestimate its musicality...And what more can be said about Shearing’s style and class?

Product Details

Release Date:
04/23/2002
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408354625
catalogNumber:
83546
Rank:
234969

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Performance Credits

George Shearing Quintet   Primary Artist
George Shearing   Piano,Track Performer
Neil Swainson   Bass
Ted Piltzecker   Vibes
Dennis Mackrel   Drums
John Pizzarelli   Guitar,Vocals
Reg Schwager   Guitar

Technical Credits

Ray Kennedy   Arranger
George Shearing   Arranger
Tony Monte   Assistant Arranger
John Pizzarelli   Arranger,Liner Notes
Jack Renner   Engineer
Reg Schwager   Arrangement Transcription
John Snyder   Producer,Engineer
Robert Woods   Producer,Engineer
Robert Friedrich   Engineer
Anilda Carrasquillo   Art Direction
Ed Meitner   Engineer

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