George Shearing & Ernestine Anderson – A Perfect Match {Concord}___vinyl-2-cd

Review by Scott Yanow
Pianist George Shearing and singer Ernestine Anderson (who had teamed up briefly at the 1987 Fujitsu-Concord Jazz Festival) collaborated on this full-length Concord release. With strong assistance from bassist Neil Swainson and drummer Jeff Hamilton, Shearing and Anderson mostly stick to standards and their versions uplift the veteran songs. “Body and Soul” is taken as a vocal-piano duet, while “The Best Thing for You” is given an instrumental treatment. Other highlights include Anderson’s vocals on “I’ll Take Romance,” a heartfelt “I Remember Clifford,” “On the Sunny Side of the Street” and “Some Other Time.” Perfect Match is an excellent outing for all concerned.

01. Trust in Me (3:52)
02. I’ll Take Romance (2:40)
03. Body and Soul (4:46)
04. The Best Thing for You (3:33)
05. I Remember Clifford (4:54)
06. On the Sunny Side of the Street (3:13)
07. The Second Time Around (3:01)
08. Falling in Love with Love (4:29)
09. That’s for Me (3:52)
10. I Won’t Dance (5:29)
11. Some Other Time (2:25)
12. The Touch of Your Lips (3:30)

George Shearing – piano
Ernestine Anderson – vocals
Neil Swainson – bass
Jeff Hamilton – drums

Recorded at Coast Recorders, San Francisco, CA; May 1988

Genre: Jazz
Style: Mainstream, Bop, Vocal Jazz
Label: Concord
Year: 1988
Time: 45:46

* Original source was a vinyl-rip in 24bit-96kHz; and this share is a self-made
imitation CD (converted to redbook standard, 16bit-44.1kHz); which can easily
be burned as an “Audio-CD” to an empty media.

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Quality-2: mp3@320 + full LP scans

George Shearing – More Grand Piano {Concord}

Review by Scott Yanow (

This was a very spontaneous session. For his second solo piano date for Concord, George Shearing picked out ten songs while he was at the studio and, without any real prior planning, simply played. The results are consistently enjoyable as Shearing performs some of his favorite songs. A few of the tunes (such as “You Don’t Know What Love Is” and “East of the Sun”) had long been part of his repertoire but some of the other songs (such as “My Silent Love,” an unusual reworking of “Change Partners” and “Dream”) are full of surprises. An excellent outing.

01 – My Silent Love
02 – Change Partners
03 – My Favorite Things
04 – You Don’t Know What Love Is
05 – Ramona
06 – I Didn’t Know What Time it Was
07 – People
08 – East of the Sun
09 – I Can’t Get Started
10 – Dream
11 – Wind in the Willow

George Shearing – piano

Recorded at Coast Recorders, San Francisco, CA October 1986
Year: 1987; style: Bop, Cool, Mainstream

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George Shearing in Dixieland {Concord}

From the album’s original liner notes by Leonard Feather:

…Perhaps I may be a little biased, but it seems to me, after a half century of friendship and admiration, that George Shearing today is playing with more elan, more conviction and greater virtuosic variety than ever. If you are a little surprised to find a traditionally oriented recording by the pianist who, on arriving in New York, promptly devoted this time to the promulgation of bebop, be prepared for a surprise. Shearing in Dixieland is not a contradiction in terms or themes or times. It’s just a damned good musical outing with a group of good companions who are glad to be along.

01 – Clap Your Hands
02 – Mighty Like the Blues
03 – Truckin’
04 – Fascinating Rhythm
05 – Destination Moon
06 – New Orleans
07 – Soon
08 – Take Five
09 – Lullaby of Birdland
10 – Jazz Me Blues
11 – Blue Monk
12 – Desafinado
13 – Honeysuckle Rose
14 – Alice in Dixieland

George Shearing – piano
Kenny Davern – clarinet
Jerry Fuller – drums
George Masso – trombone
Ken Peplowski – tenor saxophone
Neil Swainson – bass
Warren Vache – cornet

Recorded & remixed at A&R Recording Studios, New York; February 1989.

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George Shearing – Latin Lace & Latin Affair {Capitol}

Reviews by Scott Yanow (

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.

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

George Shearing – piano (with collective personnel)

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

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