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Having been a fan of George Shearing for decades and having seen him just once in concert & with Mel Torme I was excited to hear about this new CD. I heard a track played on a radio show a few weeks back and decided to hunt the CD down.
All of the inimitable Shearing style and wit are to be found in these recordings that were made at him home. My favourite because I feel it is a definitive performance has to be that of "Laura" but there are so many lovely tunes and performances to be heard. I just wish Alan Dell had still been alive and presenting a radio show as he would have featured this many times.
Pricewise a bargain...a must for George Shearing fans
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on 23 June 2013
One of Georges's best. Very relaxed and unrestricted. A joy to listen to. Beautifully recorded. You will not be sorry!
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on 22 May 2014
A beautiful record. To get two matters out of the way first, the recording quality on my copy, unlike one of the other reviewers, is fine, but the cardboard sleeve is a little flimsy and will not offer much long term protection to the disc.
After the quintet finally went, Shearing's favoured format seemed to be the duo. He had a number of very good discs and live sessions with various bassists, and this is one of the best of them. It dates from 1983, and purports to be an informal session recorded in Shearing's New York living room. Be that as it may, both recording and playing are impeccable.
Don Thompson, the bassist here, is both light and fast fingered. He lays down a supportive beat when needed, produces dexterous solo work and interplays as an equal with Shearing as part of the group. These are genuine duets and not simply piano accompanied by bass.
Shearing, as ever, has a beautiful sound on the piano, and couples it with an impeccable choice of tune. Most of the tunes are attractive ballads, both old ('Laura') and new ('A Time For Love'). but it is a varied programme, with a couple of modern jazz classics in 'Confirmation' and 'SubconsciousLee', and an old favourite of George's in 'The Skye Boat Song'. All are treated with respect and affection.
George wasn't always taken seriously by the jazz critics in the days of the quintet, but you realise, on listening to much of his later work, and this is one of the best, that he really was a class act.
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on 18 March 2014
poor quality recording

this non studio recording suffers from a lack of distinct notes and good balance between the instruments. I have a George shearing studio recording solo piano which is out of this world - totally sublime
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on 12 July 2013
I like anything by George and this one is excellent. The only gripe I have is the presentation in a cheap cardboard sleeve. Surely the extra expense of a jewel case is warranted. The playing on this CD however is excellemt
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on 21 January 2014
The goods where all as described and delivered in good order.I can recommend the goods as delivered so you can buy with some confidence.
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