George Shearing

Gas

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One of a handful of George Shearing's records for his short-lived mail-order label, GAS is his second quartet session for Sheba with organist Don Heitler, bassist Andy Simpkins, and drummer Harvey Mason. The selections are an unusual blend of music from different eras: "Just Imagine" (from the 1927 Broadway show Good News), Henry Mancini's "Two for the Road," a samba called "The Little Boat (O Barquinho)," and Sergio Mihanovich's cheerful waltz "Some Time Ago." Because Shearing is such an accomplished pianist, Heitler has to bide his time playing very soft chords behind the leader, while Shearing comps far more prominently for Heitler's solos, thereby making the organist's contributions somewhat superfluous to the date. After his experiments with adding an organist, Shearing evidently lost interest in the instrumentation, as he has not used it since this record was issued in 1973. This isn't a bad album, but there are far more important discs released by George Shearing during this portion of his career that should be purchased ahead of this somewhat obscure release.

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