George Shearing: Conception




George Shearing (piano)


The Definitive George Shearing (Verve 314 589 857-2)

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George Shearing (piano), Marjorie Hyams (vibes), Chuck Wayne (guitar), John Levy (bass), Denzil Best (drums).

Composed by George Shearing


Recorded: New York, July 27, 1949


Rating: 97/100 (learn more)

The luminous Shearing Quintet of 1949-51 shone most brightly on refashioned standards taken at medium or slow tempos, but George's penchant for boppish originals such as "Conception" provided a welcome change of pace. This group was as remarkable demographically as musically. For one thing, it was racially integrated (40% black) in an era of few mixed groups. For another, its vibist was female, and no slouch; dig her swinging turn abetted by drummer Best, whose brushwork rivaled Caravaggio. Shearing, though, was his own star soloist, masterfully at ease with both single-note and block-chord techniques. Fans loved this group. Rightly so.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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  • 1 robert // Mar 13, 2009 at 03:09 PM
    About review: It is not fare with The great CHuck Wayne guitarist hwo gave character to the quintet cheers rob