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Saturday, May 5, 2018

The George Shearing Quartet

Everything's Alright
The George Shearing Quartet
The Shearing Sounds
Recorded at M.R.I. Studios, Hollywood, California
Engineer: Gary Ulmer
Sheba Records ST 104

From the back cover: Andy Simpkins - Born: Richmond, Indiana. Studied clarinet at 10, piano at 14 and became interested in bass while in Army. Played with Jazz greats Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Sonny Stitt, Ben Webster. 12 years as co-leader of "Three Sounds." Many recordings. With George Shearing Quintet 3 years

Harvey Mason - Born: Atlantic City, New Jersey. Began drum lessons at 4. After high school, attended Berklee School of Music, New England Conservatory of Music on scholarship. Guest soloist with Newton Symphony, Boston Symphony. Played with Duke Ellington, Red Norvo, Teddy Wilson, toured Europe with Errol Garner before joining George Shearing in 1971.

Don Heitler - Born: Pekin, Illinois. Displayed aptitude for picking out melodies on piano at pre-school age. Attended School for the Blind in Jacksonville, Ill. Studied piano at Illinois Wesleyan University. Holds master degree in Guidance from U. of Illinions, Bachelor's in Applied Piano. Switched to organ for greater solo flexibility. This album with long-time friend George Shearing marks first recording effort.

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Sweet Georgie Fame
Please Send Me Someone To Love
Everything's Alright
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