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Jazz, Contemporary
JazzKnight Records
April 15, 2013

Format: Compact Disc



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This duo recording by the renowned jazz pianist George Shearing and his regular collaborator, the bassist Don Thompson, lay hidden away in a drawer for almost thirty years. When Thompson listened again to the recording shortly after Sir George Shearing's death in 2011 he realised that he had in his hands a very special recording.

The fourteen tracks were recorded in early 1983 at Shearing's home in New York during a six-week residency at a NY jazz club. The two musicians spent afternoons drinking tea and playing just for fun. The relaxed atmosphere with Shearing playing his own piano in his own home, with no studio pressures or audience to please, meant that the only thing on his mind was to make beautiful music.

The duo tracks include a Thompson original, a lyrical version of "The Skye Boat Song" as well as several well-known jazz standards. The four solo tracks are, to Thompson, what George was all about. They include "Beautiful Love", which Thompson explains as a "one-time-only flash of the genius of George Shearing. I'd never heard him play it before and he never played it again. I think it's one of the most amazingly beautiful things I've ever heard."

Personnel: George Shearing (piano), Don Thompson (bass)

Press Quotes

(5 stars) Lovely...all Shearing's great qualities as a pianist, his delicacy, harmonic elegance and wit, are on display here...Every one of the 14 numbers, ranging from Charlie Parker to The Skye Boat Song, receives fresh and fascinating treatment.

The Observer, (Dave Gelly), April 28, 2013

(5 stars) A gorgeous record, and a truly important discovery...this JazzKnight issue further lights up the huge talent that was Shearing at his sublime best, and it is recommended without reservation.

Jazz Journal, (Richard Palmer), July 2013

(4 stars) Lovely...it has a warm, intimate and informal feel, and particularly striking is the relaxed, affectionate interplay between the two musicians. Shearing plays most of the tunes with a casual elegance and sense of fun.

Scotland on Sunday, (Alison Kerr), April 28, 2013

(4 stars) The first and arguably best UK jazz artist to conquer the United States...the results, especially the solo-piano tracks, are works of art.

Evening Standard, (Jack Massarik), May 24, 2013

(4 stars) Shearing in relaxed mode, happy in his work, finding creative things to say on some pretty decent tunes.

Jazzwise, (Peter Vacher), July 2013

This delightfully unaffected, good quality home recording from 1983 confirms a firmer modernist grasp as the pianist's unpicks the standard repertoire...sprightly workouts on "Subconscious Lee" and "Confirmation" confirm serious jazz credentials, "A Time for Love" is tender and "Laura" a lovely ballad, tinged with mystery.

Financial Times, (Mike Hobart), April 20, 2013

Whether bringing Debussy into 'Out of Nowhere', heading back to bebop in his locked-hands style, or gently exploring the melodic charms of an old faithful like 'Laura', Shearing was playing for his own pleasure. Now it's a pleasure for us too.

Hi Fi News, (Steve Harris), June 2013

More Info

Key Value
Catalogue number JKR001
Barcode 0700261359373
Number of items 1
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Weight 34g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 140mm x 5mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. I Didn't Know What Time It Was -
2. A Time For Love -
3. Ghoti -
4. The Things We Did Last Summer -
5. Laura -
6. The Skye Boat Song -
7. Confirmation -
8. The Girl Next Door -
9. Can't We Be Friends? -
10. I Cover The Waterfront -
11. Out Of Nowhere -
12. That Old Devil Called Love -
13. SubconsciousLee -
14. Beautiful Love -