The Very Best

The Very Best

by George ShearingGeorge Shearing


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This "Very Best of George Shearing" is actually a best-of from his years with Capitol between the years 1955-1962, with one stray track from his brief return to the label Fool on the Hill. This release spottily documents Shearing at the height of his creativity and sensitivity to standard and new material from other composers. The opener, however, "Midnight in the Air," is one of the pianist's best-known compositions and its inclusion here is essential. The rhythm section work of Al McKibbon on bass and Bill Clark on drums is magical in that it keeps an odd frontline -- Shearing, Johnny Rae on vibes, and Toots Theilemans on guitar in perfect synchronicity. Other notables here are the light, breezy treatment of Armando Peraza's "Estampa Cubana" from Latin Affair and the live version of "September in the Rain" from Shearing on Stage. The budget price is attractive, but there are better collections out there, to be sure.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/24/2005
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0724347740121
catalogNumber: 77401
Rank: 92023

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Shearing   Primary Artist,Piano
Laurindo Almeida   Guitar
Eddie Costa   Vibes
Bud Shank   Woodwind
Julius Watkins   French Horn
Dick Garcia   Guitar
Armando Peraza   Conga
Cal Massey   Trumpet
McKibbon   Bass,Double Bass
George Duvivier   Bass
Johnny Rae   Vibes
Walter Bolden   Drums
Percy Brice   Drums
Larry Bunker   Vibes
Warren Chiasson   Vibes
Chico Guerrero   Timbales,Latin Percussion
Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt   Woodwind
Stix Hooper   Drums
Dave Koonse   Guitar
Larance Marable   Drums
Ray Mosca   Drums
Bob Neel   Drums
Robert Northern   French Horn
Ralph Pena   Bass,Double Bass
Carl Pruitt   Bass
Wyatt Reuther   Bass
Emil Richards   Vibes
Andy Simpkins   Bass
Toots Thielemans   Guitar
Benny Ventura   Trumpet
Jimmy Bond   Bass
Dick Brace   Trombone
Dan Little   Trumpet
Chuck Mason   Trombone
Zuke Zatcher   Tuba
Lamar Wright   Trumpet
Don Shelton   Woodwind
Bill Clark   Drums
Billy Clark   Drums

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Ray Bryant   Composer
Leonard Feather   Composer
George Shearing   Arranger,Composer
Armando Peraza   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Reissue Producer
Hal David   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Bernard Miller   Composer
David Raksin   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Donald Elfman   Liner Notes
Herbert Stothart   Composer
Lisa Cuscuna   Cover Photo,Cover Illustration

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