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.

Tracklist:
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)

Personnel:
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.

Quality-1: flac (tracks, eac, cue, log) + full LP scans
Quality-2: mp3@320 + full LP scans

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.

Tracks:
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

Personnel:
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.

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork