George Shearing

On the Sunny Side of the Strip [Original]

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This is one of five live George Shearing Quintet LPs whose contents were reissued as part of a Mosaic CD box set. Superior to the pianist's studio mood music albums of the period, this set is quite bop-oriented with such songs as "Jordu," "Confirmation," "Bernie's Tune" and "Joy Spring" being given the Shearing treatment. Vibraphonist Emil Richards, guitarist Toots Thielemans, bassist Al McKibbon and drummer Percy Brice complete the quintet while as usual the congas of Armando Peraza help out on a couple of Latin pieces. [Long out of print on vinyl, a CD version was released in 1993.]