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Saturday, May 21, 2016

On The Sunny Side Of The Strip - George Shearing

On The Sunny Side Of The Strip
Swinging Shearing Sounds Recorded "Live"
George Shearing And The Quintet
Produced By Dave Cavanugh and Tom Morgan
Capitol Records ST1416

Available, at least on CD, so I will not be posting a sample.

Lively Shearing offering that fit nicely in the 1960 market place with help from percussionist Armando Perrazza. You also get to hear Shearing's voice on the LP as he introduces tunes.

From Billboard - September 5, 1960: This recording with the George Shearing Quintet (and every so often his sextet) was recorded at the Crescendo in Hollywood. The audience applause add a lot to the record, plus the fact that the Shearing crew plays here in a fine relaxed style. A very strong new Shearing LP for pop and jazz fans.

From the back cover: "I always like 'live' recording," George says, " especially when jazz is involved. The audience provides greater emotional tension and stimulation. And this makes everdoby happy – us and the listeners."

Heard with George in the album are vibraphonist Emil Richards, guitarist Jean "Toots" Thielmans, bassist Al McKibbon, and drummer Percy Brice. That's the line up except on the Latin things. And, since no Shearing album could boast a variety of favorite Quintet styles without Latin representation, the group presents two selection that are favorites wherever they play: Mambo Inn and Drume Negrita.

"Conga drummer Armando Perrazza joins us on these" George comments, "which probably make this the only Quintet around with six men. Then, of course, there's the audience too – if you want to count its contribution. But I guess that would swell us all out of proportion. Then we would have to stop calling this a Quintet."

As I Love You
The Nearness Of You
Mambo Inn
Bernie's Tune
Some Other Spring
Spring Joy
Drums Negrita

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