George Shearing – Latin Lace & Latin Affair {Capitol}


Reviews by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

for “Latin Lace”
The second of pianist George Shearing’s full-length Latin albums once again finds his quintet (with vibraphonist Emil Richards, guitarist Toots Thielemans, bassist Al McKibbon and drummer Percy Brice) being joined by the exciting congas of Armando Peraza. Most of the easy-listening melodies are from south of the border, but even the ones that aren’t (such as “The Story of Love,” “The Moon Was Yellow” and “It’s Not for Me to Say”) are given a Latinized treatment. This is nice (if rather safe) music but the LP is long out of print.

for “Latin Affair”
Pianist George Shearing’s third Latin LP for Capitol is similar to his first two. Although the personnel in his popular Quintet had changed a bit (this album has vibraphonist Warren Chasen, guitarist Toots Thielemans, bassist Carl Pruitt and drummer Roy Haynes), Shearing and his guest Armando Peraza on congas remain the main soloists. The music on their melodic set includes South American melodies and swing standards; in both cases the easy-listening music is Latinized yet still influenced by bop. This enjoyable LP will be difficult to find.

Tracks:
01 – The Story of Love
02 – Serenata
03 – Tu, Mi Delirio
04 – Cali Mambo
05 – Rondo
06 – To the Ends of the Earth
07 – The Moon was Yellow
08 – Wonder Struck
09 – Sand in My Shoes
10 – Mambo Caribe
11 – It’s Not for Me to Say
12 – Mambo No.2
13 – All or Nothing at All
14 – Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off
15 – Afro No. IV
16 – Magic
17 – It’s Easy to Remember
18 – Estampa Cubana
19 – You Stepped Out of a Dream
20 – Mambo Balahu
21 – Dearly Beloved
22 – Juana Palangana
23 – This is Africa
24 – Anywhere

Personnel:
George Shearing – piano (with collective personnel)

“Latin Lace” recorded in 1958, “Latin Affair” recorded in 1959.
(Two albums on one CD)

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork

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