George Shearing

The Young George Shearing

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This budget LP reissue of early recordings (1939-1943) made by George Shearing is typical for Everest; the dates of the recordings, composers, and personnel are omitted, and the author of the somewhat vague liner notes is uncredited. While these recordings have come out on a number of different LPs and CDs over the decades, this version leaves a lot to be desired due to the lack of pitch correction at times and the wretched pseudo-stereo that was deemed necessary by some record labels to entice discriminating record buyers into purchasing their products in the 1960s and early '70s. Primarily piano solos, Shearing's style is not yet fully formed, but his playing is quite enjoyable if somewhat indistinguishable from many swing pianists of the era. Drummer Carlo Krahmer is added on the two 1939 tracks, "How Come You Do Me Like You Do?" and the solo Shearing composition included, "Stomp in F," which straddles the line between boogie-woogie and stride piano. This rather brief LP may be worth picking up if priced a dollar or two, but a more sound investment is to seek one of the many CD reissues which have since followed.

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