Friday, August 9, 2013

George Shearing - Complete Savoy Trio and Quintet Sessions

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-mw0000227701

George Shearing
Complete Savoy Trio and Quintet Sessions

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)  3:08

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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 of the 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)  3:06
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 ; February 3 & 23 [# 3-4], 1947
[Cd. 1, # 5-8]
George Shearing - p
Curly Russell - b
Denzil Best - dr
Recorded in New York ; December 23, 1947
[Cd. 1, # 9-16]
George Shearing - p & acc [# 9 & 10]
Marjorie Hyams - vb & p [# 9 & 10]
Chuck Wayne - g
John Levy - b
Denzil Best - dr
Recorded in New York ; January 31, 1949
[Cd. 1, # 17-23]
George Shearing - p
Jack Fallon - b
Norman Burns - dr
Recorded in Londonk ; November 26, 1948
[Cd. 1, # 24]
George Shearing - p
Recorded in New York ; June 28, 1948
[Cd. 2, # 1-24]
Same as cd. 1, # 9-16
On [# 2] Shearing plays acc and Hyams plays p
Recorded in New York ; between February 17, 1949 & July 5, 1950

9 comments:

blbs said...

Thank you Mel!

Otis Foster said...

Lovely - I could listen to Shearing for hours. Despite the view that he played diluted jazz, his voicings were very creative and exercised a great deal of influence over other musicians.

deGallo said...

Great! Great! Thank you.

Γιάννης Τζανίδης said...

Sorry
cd1 and cd2 are the same!

adakun said...

Mel la observación anterior es correcta: cd1 y cd2 son iguales.

Melanchthon said...

The cds are ok, but tags from the second are wrong.

adakun said...

Ciertamente las etiquetas de el cd2 no corresponden, solucionado. Como siempre gracias por todo.

Melanchthon said...

New post with good tags
http://lix.in/-d60c25

fcapeau said...

Woww Mel, Was bottle-fed with that kind of stuff : it's why I survived in this cruel word .... Great thanks.