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Saturday, September 7, 2019

You're Hearing The Best Of George Shearing

You're Hearing The Best Of George Shearing
MGM Records E3796
Lowes Inc.

From the back cover: It was a difficult choice and a courageous on which led George Shearing to come to America for a brief professional visit in 1945. At home in England, he was the reigning monarch of the keyboard – in America, he was little more than a name known by the inner circle of jazz aficionados. The few engagements he filled were remarkably successful. Americans seemed to like George and George liked America and Americans. He returned with his wife and daughter late in 1947 with the desire to become a permanent resident.

At first, his decision appeared to be a wrong one. Engagements were few and far between. The golden promise of that first visit had tarnished quickly. Then, one of New York's famous 52nd Street jazz clubs asked him to pool his talents with those of Oscar Pettiford and J. C. Heard to form a trio.

George passed from that grouping to many another – and slowly the Shearing fingers worked their magic. Soon, George entered the charmed circle of top flight jazz progressives. Record hit after hit appeared. And the rest is history.

From Billboard - January 18. 1960: Unusual cover makes this LP solid display item. Culled from the catalog are vivid, tasteful instrumental treatments of movie-legit themes, spotlighting Shearing's usual fine solo work. Tunes include "Tenderly," "Easy To Love," "The Lady Is A Tramp," etc. Fine jockey wax.

I Hear Music
There's A Lull In My Life
Caravan – Part 1 & Part 2
Easy To Love
The Lady Is A Tramp
Don't Blame Me
They All Laughed
Body & Soul
Stranger In Paradise

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