Definitive CD (2002)

Artist: George Shearing

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Product Overview


Label Polygram Label Group
SKU 60569236
UPC 731458985723
UPC 14 00731458985723
Format CD
Release Date 9/24/2002
Author George Shearing
Associated Artist/Work Adderley, Cannonball
Associated Artist/Work Basie, Count
Associated Artist/Work Brubeck, Dave
Associated Artist/Work Cole, Cozy
Associated Artist/Work Cole, Nat
Associated Artist/Work Cole, Nat "King"
Associated Artist/Work Feinstein, Michael
Associated Artist/Work Lee, Peggy
Associated Artist/Work McPartland, Marian
Associated Artist/Work Pizzarelli, John
Associated Artist/Work Thompson, Donald (Jazz)
Associated Artist/Work Torme, Mel
Associated Artist/Work Williams, Joe
Associated Artist/Work Wilson, Nancy (Jazz)
Associated Artist/Work Wilson, Nancy (Violin)
Technical Info
CatalogID 5898572
Lable Name Verve
Released 09/23/2002
Original Release 2002
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 07314589857232
Musical Guests
Peggy Lee
Billy Eckstine
Nancy Wilson
Toots Thielemans
Cal Tjader
Gary Burton
Emil Richards
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: George Shearing (piano); Billy Eckstine, Peggy Lee, Nancy Wilson (vocals); Toots Thielemans (harmonica, guitar); Gary Burton, Don Elliott, Marjorie HYams, Cal Tjader (vibraphone); Dick Garcia, Chuck Wayne (guitar); Israel Crosby, Al McKibbon (bass); Denzil Best, Vernel Fournier (drums); Armando Peraza (congas).
Producers include: Dave Cavanaugh, Tom Morgan.
Compilation producer: Brian Priestley.
Recorded between 1949 & 1963. Includes liner notes by Brian Priestley.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: George Shearing (piano); Nancy Wilson, Peggy Lee , Billy Eckstine (vocals); Toots Thielemans (guitar, harmonica); Chuck Wayne, Dick Garcia, Dick Evans, Ron Anthony (guitar); Don Elliott , Eddie Costa, Gary Burton , George Devens, Joe Roland, Margie Hyams, Ray Alexander, Warren Chiasson, Emil Richards, Cal Tjader (vibraphone); Denzil Best, Bill Clark , Larance Marable, Vernel Fournier, Marquis Foster, Walter Bolden, Percy Brice (drums); Armando Peraza (congas, bongos).
Liner Note Author: Brian Priestley.
Recording information: Claremont, CA (02/17/1949-07/06/1963); Los Angeles, CA (02/17/1949-07/06/1963); Miami, FL (02/17/1949-07/06/1963); New York, NY (02/17/1949-07/06/1963); San Francisco, CA (02/17/1949-07/06/1963).
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. ~ Tim Sendra
Disc 1
1 September In The Rain
2 East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon)
3 Conception
4 I'll Remember April
5 Tenderly
6 Geneva's Move
7 Pick Yourself Up
8 I'll Be Around
9 You're Driving Me Crazy (What Did I Do?) - (featuring Billy Eckstine)
10 Lullaby Of Birdland
11 Love Is Just Around The Corner
12 Mambo Inn
13 Memories Of You
14 Senor Blues
15 Caravan
16 Jordu
17 You Came A Long Way From St. Louis - (featuring Peggy Lee)
18 Jumpin' With Symphony Sid
19 Nearness Of You, The - (featuring Nancy Wilson)
20 What Is This Thing Called Love?
21 Over The Rainbow
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