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  • Audio CD (August 22, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B00004WFMD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,482 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Birdfeathers
2. Straighten Up And Fly Right
3. Summer Song
4. Oh, Lady Be Good!
5. Wail
6. Conception
7. How Beautiful Is Night
8. My Favorite Things
9. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You
10. Bags' Groove
11. Subconscious Lee
12. Peace
13. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

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13 jazz sides from the blind pianist who recorded these beautiful solos and instrumentals while in his seventies! Includes a mesmerizing cover of Dave Brubeck's Summer Song plus Straighten Up and Fly Right; Oh, Lady Be Good; Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You; Wail; How Beautiful is Night; Conception; Peace , and more.

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Consider this a Whitman's Sampler of mellow, urbane bonbons from the septuagenarian George Shearing of the 1990s. Culled from seven of the pianist's Telarc discs of the decade, it contains a bit of the cocktail bop that made him a pat but popular stylist during previous decades. There are two gauzy tracks with The Robert Farnon Orchestra and a couple of others with a quintet that emphasize the blocked chords and unison lines with guitar and vibes that fans will recognize. A pair of Nat King Cole covers, a Christmas carol, and a solo rendition of Dave Brubeck's "Summer Song" perhaps cater too much to "easy listening." But there's also a wonderfully inventive solo take on the chestnut "My Favorite Things," and, best of all, four agile bop tunes recorded live in 1992 at the Blue Note with drummer Grady Tate and bassist Neil Swainson. It's a kick to hear Shearing negotiate the fleet rhythms of Charlie Parker's "Birdfeathers" and take on the occasionally thorny "Subconscious Lee" (by Lee Konitz, a disciple of another block-chording pianist, Lennie Tristano). Those who long ago dismissed Shearing as a stuffed shirt should note these and other tricks he's got up his sleeve. --Britt Robson

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy Weiss on October 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Mellifluous, melodic tones, full chords and polytonic structure identify this maestro of the piano, George Shearing. How beautiful is the sound of " My Favorite Things", "Straighten Up and Fly Right", "Lady be Good", and "Summer Songs". These standards are presented in a lush smooth fluid exciting style. "Reflections" may have you humming along or just listening and grooving to this remarkable collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karl W. Nehring on August 7, 2009
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This 70-minute release from Telarc reprises some of Shearing's work for the label that was recorded between 1991 and 1998. Devoted Shearing fans may well have his Telarc recordings already, but those less involved fans will probably enjoy this varied and pleasant anthology. With Shearing, you pretty well know in advance what you are going to hear: tasteful, straightforward playing with a gentle touch. There is no showing off, just plenty of honest music-making that may well have you snapping your fingers or humming along as the music unfolds. For the casual music listener who enjoys the sound of mainstream piano jazz, this well-recorded Telarc CD is almost an automatic recommendation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blue Eyes on September 23, 2012
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Many years ago while a young officer in the military I shared a house off base with another young officer who owned a collection of George Shearing recordings on 33 rpm LPs. They sat stacked on the automatic turntable of a stereo console typical of those days in the 60's, and we played them often to fill the small house with the rich harmonies of Shearing's superb music. This CD which I discovered on amazon.com has brought back enjoyable memories of those good early years. Having downloaded the CD to my iTunes program on my iMac computer, the tunes are available at a finger's touch whenever I feel the mood to enjoy those soothing, inventive, melodiously rich melodies of Shearing's keyboard and his orchestra. No other music has ever matched for me the unique tones of George Shearing.
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From the listening standpoint this recording is wonderful and captures the true essence of the master at the keyboard. His style is unique and the delicate touch on the ivory is captured in this recording. For anyone that enjoys this category of timeless jazz music this is one that needs to be in your collection.
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By KCJR on August 19, 2014
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Excellent performance and sound quality
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