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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Latin Affair - George Shearing

This Is Africa (ST 1275)
Latin Affair
The George Shearing Quintet
Capitol Records T 1275 & ST 1275

Shearing's band helps to drive this set forward with ringing vibes and a "variety of Latin rhythm instruments" to create a classy set which sounds good today and would have pleased Shearing fans in 1959 as he competed for attention amongst the many exotica and Latin releases of the day.

From the back cover: In "Latin Affair" – his (Shearing) third Latin album for Capitol – George again displays the impeccable taste, coupled with easy swinging skill, that have made him a top favorite everywhere.

From Billboard - November 30, 1959: Shearing serves up his usual, lightly swingy, delicately phrased instrumental treatments of a group of Latin themes and standards... all dressed up in an infectious Latin beat. A variety of Latin rhythm instruments are heard on the backing along with Shearing's piano, vibraphone and guitar.

All Or Nothing At All
Let's Call The Whole Thing Off
Afro #4
It's Easy To Remember
Estampa Cubana
You Stepped Out Of A Dream
Mambo Balahu
Dearly Beloved
Cuando Sono El Gaznaton
This Is Africa

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