Friday, March 11, 2011

George Shearing Trio & Quintet

The sides referred to here are those that the George Shearing Trio (with Gene Ramey and Cozy Cole on one and Curly Russell and Denzil Best on others) cut for Discovery (which became Savoy) in 1948 — plus a solo for MGM and the quintet sides for Savoy in 1949 and 1950 (with Marjorie Hyams, Chuck Wayne, John Levy, and Denzil Best). Bop is the language spoken here folks — fluid, collected, and virtuosic. Shearing had reached his complete mastery of the piano as an instrument of continuous melodic and harmonic invention at this point in his career, and he is as dominant as Oscar Peterson in his busy attack. Shearing's reliance on the middle registers on these tunes — check "Have You Met Miss Jones?" and "Buccaneer's Bounce" for dynamite solos played entirely inside them — is remarkable, and reveals an attempt to create a new harmonic architecture across a smaller chromatic spectrum that could be manipulated by other instruments (vibes and guitar). It was ingenious and took the edges off the high-register notions of bop pianistry. Though there is plenty of his other work here too, this period is where he introduced and perfected that methodology. Simply put, Shearing's trademark lyricism and elegant voicings, his shimmering ostinatos, and his sprightly counterpoint are all in evidence on these 48 swinging sides. It was a brilliant period of growth and arrival for Shearing and this set, with decent sound and adequate if not spectacular liner notes, is highly recommended.
Thom Jurek
Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/complete-savoy-trio-and-quintet-sessions-r600834

George Shearing
Complete Savoy Trio & Quintet Sessions
(1947-1950)

Tracks

Cd. 1

1 So Rare (Herst, Sharpe) 2:58
2 Have You Met Miss Jones ? (Hart, Rodgers) 2:58
3 Buccaneer's Bounce (Shearing) 2:38
4 When Darkness Falls (Shearing) 3:00
5 Bop's Your Uncle (Shearing) 2:38
6 Sweet and Lovely (Arnheim, LeMare, Tobias) 3:08
7 Cozy's Bop (Shearing) 3:01
8 Sophisticated Lady (Ellington, Mills, Parish) 3:08
9 Cherokee (Noble) 2:44
10 Four Bars Short (Shearing) 2:22
11 Bebop's Fables (Feather) 3:03
12 Midnight on Cloud 69 (Feather, Shearing) 3:08
13 Sorry, Wrong Rhumba (Feather) 3:20
14 Cotton Top (Wayne) 2:48
15 Moon Over Miami (Burke, Leslie) 3:12
16 Life With Feather (Feather, Shearing) 3:10
17 The Nearness of You (Carmichael, Washington) 2:57
18 Someone to Watch Over Me (Gershwin, Gershwin) 2:48
19 Consternation (Shearing) 2:48
20 The Fourth Deuce (Shearing) 2:56
21 The Man from Minton's (Shearing) 2:34
22 To Be or Not to Bop (Shearing) 2:40
23 Poinciana (Bernier, Simon) 2:47
24 Summertime (Gershwin, Gershwin, Heyward) 3:08

Cd. 2

1 September in the Rain (Dubin, Warren) 3:15
2 Good to the Last Bop (Shearing) 2:51
3 Bop, Look and Listen (Shearing) 2:59
4 I Didn't Know What Time It Was (Hart, Rodgers) 3:20
5 The Continental (Conrad, Magidson) 3:04
6 Nothin' But D. Best (Best) 2:59
7 East of the Sun (And West ofthe Moon) (Bowman) 3:06
8 In a Chinese Garden, Pt. 1 (Wayne) 2:11
9 In a Chinese Garden, Pt. 2 (Wayne) 2:31
10 Conception (Shearing) 2:55
11 I'll Remember April (DePaul, Johnston, Raye) 2:48
12 Little White Lies (Donaldson) 2:57
13 Carnegie Horizons (Shearing) 2:33
14 Jumpin' With Symphony Sid (Young) 2:42
15 November Seascape (Hyman) 2:37
16 How's Trix ? (Shearing) 3:18
17 Changing with the Times (Shearing) 3:12
18 Strollin' (Levy) 3:06
19 When Your Lover Has Gone (Swan) 2:37
20 As Long as There's Been Music (Cahn, Styne) 2:43
21 Roses of Picardy (Weatherly, Wood) 2:57
22 For You (Burke, Dubin) 3:07
23 (Geneva's) Move (Best) 2:24
24 Pick Yourself Up (Fields, Kern) 2:52

Personnel
[Cd. 1 - # 1-4]
George Shearing - p
Gene Ramey - b
Cozy Cole - dr
Recorded in New York City ; February 3 & 23, 1947
[Cd. 1 - # 5-8]
George Shearing - p
Curley Russell - b
Denzil Best - dr
Recorded in New York City ; December 23, 1947
[Cd. 1 - # 9-16]
George Shearing - p & acc [# 9 & 10]
Marjorie Hyams - vb
Chuck Wayne - g
John Levy - b
Denzil Best - dr
Recorded in New York City ; January 31, 1949
[Cd. 1 - # 17-23]
George Shearing - p
Jack Fallon - b
Norman Burns - dr
Recorded in London ; November 26, 1948
[Cd. 1 - # 24]
George Shearing - p solo
Recorded in New York City ; June 28, 1949
[Cd. 2 - # 1-24]
George Shearing - p & acc [# 2]
Marjorie Hyams - vb & p [# 2]
Chuck Wayne - g
John Levy - b
Denzil Best - dr
Recorded in New York City ; between February 17, 1949 & July 5, 1950

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8 comments:

ZM-JazzRock said...

Mel, thanx a lot for these earling Shearing recordings (for SAVOY). Mr George Shearing is one of the smoothest and soft, while very "sounding" and energetic pianist I ever heard, I really like this dicotomy on his phrasing. If the pianoforte istself has a embedded duality (ebony and ivory keys), why not the pianist himself?
Very nice post.
My most grateful and warm thanx, here from Brazil.
--zm

zero said...

Early Shearing is a real treat. Cocktail music to my ears. Thanks remembering him in this way.

zero said...

Whoops! The file for CD 2 duplicates CD 1. CD 2 is actually missing. Can this be rectified?

Baruch said...

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neil said...

Heard the Jazz Record Requests tribute; made you miss him all the more...

Kovina Kris said...

I am a huge fan of the sophisticated and talented Mr. Shearing. Thank you verrrry much for this beautiful post Baruch!

theblueamos said...

Thank you very much .May you be baruch

PlantDoctor53 said...

Thanks for the great Shearing post Baruch. Say hi to Mel.