• George  SHEARING - George Meets The Lion: The Original Quintet & The Solos

In the austerity years which followed the ending of World War II, the British nation was constantly exhorted to "Export, Export, Export!" in a desperate attempt to pay off the country's massive debts. The blind musician George Shearing took this seriously and 'exported' himself permanently to the United States. This may have meant one less mouth to feed but it also meant depriving Britain of one of its few internationally recognised Jazz stars. Well, not strictly true at the time - if Shearing was recognised for his genius in his home country, it was only amongst the real cognoscenti. There simply wasn't a thriving Jazz scene anywhere in the land where a good living could be made by the musically inspired. There was work for musicians, okay, but few opportunities for them to play on their own terms, as the 'art' of Jazz would require. Shearing decided to take a chance in the founding country of Jazz and the gamble paid off. His talent was recognised there and from it grew his international reputation. Staying in England would perhaps have soured that talent, and even when Jazz did make its mark on the British psyche, it was primarily of the conservative 'Traditional' variety, not exactly the most testing of genres for a free spirit.

Track Listing

1. SEPTEMBER IN THE RAIN
2. GOOD TO THE LAST BOP
3. BOP, LOOK AND LISTEN
4. YOU ARE TOO BEAUTIFUL (Piano Solo)
5. I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TIME IT WAS
6. THE CONTINENTAL
7. NOTHING BUT D. BEST
8. SUMMERTIME (Piano Solo)
9. EAST OF THE SUN (AND WEST OF THE MOON)
10. IN A CHINESE GARDEN Part 1
11. IN A CHINESE GARDEN Part 2
12. CONCEPTION
13. I'LL REMEMBER APRIL
14. LITTLE WHITE LIES
15. CARNEGIE HORIZONS
16. JUMPIN' WITH SYMPHONY SID
17. NOVEMBER SEASCAPE
18. HOW'S TRIX ?
19. CHANGING WITH THE TIMES
20. STROLLING
21. WHEN YOUR LOVER HAS GONE
22. AS LONG AS THERE'S MUSIC
23. TENDERLY (Piano Solo)

Other Details
Price Code A
Format CD
Release Date 01/01/2001
UPC Bar Code No 604988036329

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George SHEARING - George Meets The Lion: The Original Quintet & The Solos

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