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George Shearing

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For a long stretch of time in the 1950s and early '60s, George Shearing had one of the most popular jazz combos on the planet — so much so that, in the usual jazz tradition of distrusting popular success, he tended to be underappreciated. Shearing's main claim to fame was the invention of a unique quintet sound, derived from a combination of piano, vibraphone, electric guitar, bass, and drums. Within this context, Shearing would play in a style he called "locked hands," which he picked up and refined from Milt Buckner's early-'40s work with the Lionel Hampton band, as well as Glenn Miller's sax section and the King Cole Trio. Stating the melody on the piano with closely knit, harmonized block chords, with the vibes and guitar tripling the melody in unison, Shearing sold tons of records for MGM and Capitol in his heyday.

The wild success of this urbane sound obscures Shearing's other great contribution during this time, for he was also a pioneer of exciting, small-combo Afro-Cuban jazz in the '50s. Indeed, Cal Tjader first caught the Latin jazz bug while playing with Shearing, and the English bandleader also employed such esteemed congueros as Mongo Santamaria, Willie Bobo, and Armando Peraza. As a composer, Shearing was best known for the imperishable, uniquely constructed bop standard "Lullaby of Birdland," as well as "Conception" and "Consternation." His solo style, though all his own, reflected the influences of the great boogie-woogie pianists and classical players, as well as those of Fats Waller, Earl Hines, Teddy Wilson, Erroll Garner, Art Tatum, and Bud Powell — and fellow pianists long admired his light, refined touch. He was also known to play accordion and sing in a modest voice on occasion.

Shearing, who was born blind, began playing the piano at the age of three, receiving some music training at the Linden Lodge School for the Blind in London as a teenager but picking up the jazz influence from Teddy Wilson and Fats Waller 78s. In the late '30s, he started playing professionally with the Ambrose dance band and made his first recordings in 1937 under the aegis of fellow Brit Leonard Feather. He became a star in Britain, performing for the BBC, playing a key role in the self-exiled Stéphane Grappelli's London-based groups of the early '40s, and winning seven consecutive Melody Maker polls before emigrating in New York City in 1947 at the prompting of Feather. Once there, Shearing quickly absorbed bebop into his bloodstream, replacing Garner in the Oscar Pettiford Trio and leading a quartet in tandem with Buddy DeFranco. In 1949, he formed the first and most famous of his quintets, which included Marjorie Hyams on vibes (thus striking an important blow for emerging female jazz instrumentalists), Chuck Wayne on guitar, John Levy on bass, and Denzil Best on drums. Recording briefly first for Discovery, then Savoy, Shearing settled into lucrative associations with MGM (1950-1955) and Capitol (1955-1969), the latter for which he made albums with Nancy Wilson, Peggy Lee, and Nat King Cole. He also made a lone album for Jazzland with the Montgomery Brothers (including Wes Montgomery) in 1961, and began playing concert dates with symphony orchestras.

After leaving Capitol, Shearing began to phase out his by-then-predictable quintet, finally breaking it up in 1978. He started his own label, Sheba, which lasted for a few years into the early '70s — and made some trio recordings for MPS later in the decade. In the '70s, his profile had been lowered considerably, but upon signing with Concord in 1979, Shearing found himself enjoying a renaissance in all kinds of situations. He made a number of acclaimed albums with Mel Tormé, raising the singer's profile in the process, and recorded with the likes of Ernestine Anderson, Jim Hall, Marian McPartland, Hank Jones, and classical French horn player Barry Tuckwell. He also recorded a number of solo piano albums where his full palette of influences came into play. He signed with Telarc in 1992 and from that point through the early 2000s continued to perform and record, most often appearing in a duo or trio setting. Shearing, who had remained largely inactive since 2004 after a fall in his New York City apartment, died of congestive heart failure at New York's Lenox Hill Hospital on February 14, 2011. He was 91. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

Title: Like Fine Wine

Artist: George Shearing

Genre: Jazz

Title: The Very Best

Artist: George Shearing

Genre: Jazz

Title: Latin Rendezvous

Artist: George Shearing

Genre: Jazz

Title: A New Friend

Artist: George Shearing

Genre: Jazz

Title: Preserve The Good

Artist: George Shearing

Genre: Jazz

Title: Sailing

Artist: George Shearing

Genre: Jazz

Title: Long Hot Summer

Artist: George Shearing

Genre: Jazz

Title: The Way We Are

Artist: George Shearing

Genre: Jazz, Bop

Title: Mambo

Artist: George Shearing

Genre: Jazz

Title: Jump For Joy

Artist: George Shearing

Genre: Jazz

Title: Xmas Angel

Artist: George Shearing

Genre: Jazz

Title: Music to Hear

Artist: George Shearing

Genre: Jazz

Title: Call Me Later

Artist: George Shearing

Genre: Jazz

Title: Delightful Trip

Artist: George Shearing

Genre: Jazz

Title: Favorite Things

Artist: George Shearing

Genre: Jazz, Bop

Title: Blue Jeans

Artist: George Shearing

Genre: Jazz

Title: Cherry Pie

Artist: George Shearing

Genre: Jazz

Title: Grand Piano

Artist: George Shearing

Genre: New Age, Jazz, Bop

Title: Back To Birdland

Artist: George Shearing

Genre: Jazz

Title: Carnival King

Artist: George Shearing

Genre: Jazz

Title: Excellent Songs

Artist: George Shearing

Genre: Pop

Title: Dancing Couple

Artist: George Shearing

Genre: Jazz

Title: Let It Snow

Artist: George Shearing

Genre: Jazz

Title: As Requested

Artist: George Shearing

Genre: Jazz, Latin, Bop

Title: Guitar Town Music

Artist: George Shearing

Genre: Jazz

Title: Bossa Nova

Artist: George Shearing

Genre: Jazz

Title: Walkin'

Artist: George Shearing

Genre: Jazz, Bop

Title: Windows

Artist: George Shearing

Genre: Jazz

Title: Deep Velvet

Artist: George Shearing, Quintet

Genre: Jazz

Title: George Shearing

Artist: George Shearing

Genre: Jazz, Pop, Bop

Title: Fallen

Artist: George Shearing

Genre: Jazz

Collections

Title: 20 Samba Hits

Genre: Jazz

Title: Like a Boss a Nova

Genre: Jazz

Title: I Like Jazz, Vol. 2

Genre: Jazz

Title: Santa's Bag

Genre: Jazz

Title: Gershwin Tribute

Genre: Jazz, Pop

Title: Cool Jazz 2

Genre: Jazz

Title: Jazz Lounge

Genre: Jazz

Title: American Jazz Piano

Genre: Jazz

Title: Pop Jazz Keyboards

Genre: Jazz

Title: 50 Best Jazz

Genre: Jazz

Title: Relaxing Jazz

Genre: Jazz

Title: Wee Hours Jazz

Genre: Jazz

Title: The Roots of Jazz

Genre: Jazz

Title: Jazz Summer Vibes

Genre: Jazz

Title: Gods of Cool Jazz

Genre: Jazz

Title: Jazz Yule Love

Genre: Jazz

Title: Passionate Pianos

Genre: Jazz

Title: Essential Jazz Hits

Genre: Jazz

Title: Top 20 Jazz Piano

Genre: Jazz

Title: All Star Sessions

Genre: Jazz

Title: Jazz: Lounge

Genre: Jazz

Featuring albums

Title: Just Friends

Artist: Marian McPartland

Genre: Jazz, Bop

Title: The King Swings

Artist: Nat King Cole

Genre: Pop

Title: Songs From The Heart

Artist: Nat King Cole

Genre: Pop

Title: Jazz Guitar 101

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Jazz

Title: New York

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Jazz

Title: Stockholm Jazz

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Jazz

Title: Jazz Duos

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Jazz

Title: Nighttime Jazz

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Jazz

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