Moon over Miami. Little White Lies. Walter Donaldson. Carnegie Horizons. Good to the Last Bop. In a Chinese Garden, Pt. Chuck Wayne. Bop, Look and Listen. Nothin' But Denzil Best. JazzTimes Newsletter. America's jazz resource, delivered to your inbox. Skip to content. George Shearing. JazzTimes Newsletter America's jazz resource, delivered to your inbox. Sign Up for Our Free Newsletter. But it was never cloying or "smooth" — always tasteful and musically substantial.
Within the commercial conventions of the s and early '60s he was an experimenter, embracing Latin dance rhythms, working with new instrumentalists including vibists Margie Hyams and Cal Tjader, harmonica player and guitarist Toots Thielemans, and conguero Mongo Santamaria.
He also forged enduring collaborations with musicians such as violinist Stephane Grappelli, bassist Brian Torff and singer Mel Torme. Torme spoke highly of Shearing. This is one of the loveliest exports ever to come from over the sea. And as always he leaned his blind head on his pale hand, all ears opened like the ears of an elephant, listening to the American sounds and mastering them for his own English summer s night use. Then they urged him to get up and play.
He did. He played inumerable choruses with amazing chords that mounted higher and higher till the sweat splashed all over the piano and everybody listened in awe and fright. They led him off the stand after an hour. He went back to his dark corner, old God Shearing, and the boys said, There ain t nothin left after that. Continental - studio, with Shearing Nothin' But D.
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