The Early George Shearing 1939 - 1949
ASV mono Living Era AJA
September in the Rain
This compilation album was made from the original 78's by Peter Demsey
Audio restoration and remastering by Martin Haskell and Tim Debney.
Stomp in F
Squeezin' the Blues
The Shiek of Araby
Body and Soul
Jump for Joy
Ghost of a Chance
THE nearness of You
Sorry, Wrong Rhumba
Life with Feather
In the Rain
I Didn't Know what time it was
East of the Sun
I'll Remember April
Little White Lies
Jumpin' with Symphony Sid
George Shearing is one of a very short list of world-renowned jazzmen that
the UK has produced. Blind from birth, he studied Piano in London and even
in the earliest of these recordings it is obvious that here is a musician
of some class.
This album is an interesting piece of Jazz History, in the 10 years it covers
George went from being unknown to being a world class artist. Already an
accomplished player, he listened to the work of Charlie Parker and Dizzy
Gillespie and assimilatedBe-bop into his playing, His impeccable taste however
made it possible for him to absorb the best and leave out some of the excesses
of that era. Influenced by composer, author and critic Leonard Feather, he
emigrated to the USA in 1947 and in 1948 replaced Errol Garner in the Oscar
Pettiford Trio. In January 1949 the fully-fledged George Shearing Quintet
made its debut and was an immediate hit worldwide.
The album follows George's development as both solo pianist and with many
small groups in London. Kenny Baker, Harry Hayes Stephane Grapelli and Norman
Burns all make brief appearances until we conclude with the Quintet.
I have always been a Shearing fan, he is a man of great style, with a superb
technique with the ability to make every tune special.
I would have rated this album higher, but I know that the best was yet to
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