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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Rare Form! - The George Shearing Quintet

Over The Rainbow
Rare Form!
The George Shearing Quintet
Superb Shearing Performances Recorded "Live" in San Francisco
Capitol Records 7 2447

From the back cover: This 1966 album was taped on Friday and Saturday nights, July 5th and 6th, 1963. The Quintet was appearing in San Francisco, at the fabulous Black Hawk Club. It was appearing there for the last time, for the club had announced plans to close its doors; and each evening was rich in sentiment and warmed by appreciative audiences who nightly packed the house. George decided to commemorate the occasion by recording this album. Release dates were set, and then several times postponed to make room instead for the very popular Shearing orchestral albums that contained current in-demand, hit tunes. But these performances are far too fine to stay under wraps any longer.

So here, finally, is George Shearing, with the top-flight Quintet that appeared during that last engagement at the Black Hawk, consisting of Vernel Fournier, drums; Gary Burton, vibes; Gene Cherico, bass; Ronald Anthony, guitar; and Armando Peraza, Latin percussion.

The Sweetest Thing
Look No Further
They All Laughed
Station Break
Over The Rainbow
Why Not?
I'll Never Smile Again
Bop, Look And Listen

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