George Shearing

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George Shearing's best Capitol recordings of this period were his live Quintet performances, all of which have been reissued in a definitive Mosaic five-CD box set. This live LP (which was also reissued by the Pausa label as a 1986 album) features the pianist/leader, vibraphonist Warren Chasen, guitarist Dick Garcia, bassist Ralph Pena and drummer Vernel Fournier (with guest Armando Peraza on congas during a few tracks including a Latinized remake of "Lullaby of Birdland") all in top form. Highlights include "The Be-Bop Irishman," "Jumpin' with Symphony Sid" and "Cocktails for Two."