George Shearing Lullaby of Birdland: Blues Alley Jazz / On a Clear Day (Live) (2-CD)

Lullaby of Birdland: Blues Alley Jazz / On a
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  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2000
  • Label: Concord Records

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.One for the Woofer
  • 2.Autumn in New York
  • 3.The Masquerade Is Over
  • 4.That's What She Says
  • 5.Soon It's Gonna Rain
  • 6.High and Inside
  • 7.For Every Man There's a Woman
  • 8.This Couldn't Be the Real Thing
  • 9.Lazy River

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Spoken Introduction
  • 2.Love for Sale
  • 3.On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever)
  • 4.Brasil '79
  • 5.Don't Explain
  • 6.Happy Days Are Here Again
  • 7.Have You Met Miss Jones?
  • 8.Blue Island Blues
  • 9.Lullaby of Birdland
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Product Description:

LULLABY OF BIRDLAND contains 2 LPs on 2 discs: BLUES ALLEY JAZZ (1980)/ON A CLEAR DAY (1980).
Includes liner notes by Leonard Feather and Gordon Raddue.
BLUES ALLEY JAZZ:
Personnel: George Shearing (piano); Brian Torff (bass).
Engineers: Phil Edwards, Ron Davis.
Recorded live at Blues Alley, Washington, D.C. in October 1979. Originally released on Concord (4110).
ON A CLEAR DAY:
Personnel: George Shearing (piano); Brian Torff (bass).
Engineer: Phil Edwards.
Recorded live at the Concord Pavillion, Concord, California in August 1980. Originally released on Concord (4132).
Personnel: George Shearing (piano).
Audio Mixer: Phil Edwards .
Liner Note Authors: Gordon Raddue; Leonard Feather.
Recording information: Blues Alley, Washington D.C. (10/1979-08/1980); Concord Pavillion, Concord, CA (10/1979-08/1980).
Photographer: Jim Linna.
LULLABY OF BIRDLAND presents two classic live albums, BLUES ALLEY JAZZ and ON A CLEAR DAY, in a double-disc set. Both records pair pianist George Shearing with bassist Brian Torff for two evenings of highly accessible bop playing. The melody-heavy chordings that Shearing popularized with his quintet are still in the mix here, but with significantly more freedom for the pianist to move fluidly around the keyboard, peeling off complex solos chock full of quotations and cleverly re-invented melodic fragments. Versions of Billy Taylor's "One for the Woofer" and Hoagy Carmichael's "Up a Lazy River" display Shearing's quick wit and improvisatory flair.
Torff impresses with his lightning-swift runs and smooth, rhythmic sensibility. He is as comfortable holding the bottom end down with subtle elegance as he is blazing across the frets in harmonic dialogue with Shearing's lines. The interplay between the two is seamless on ballads ("Autumn in New York") and funky, Latin-tinged numbers ("That's What She Says"). On the whole, these dates have a sophisticated, dinner club feel, with plenty of chops to please hardcore jazz fans. ON A CLEAR DAY features Shearing and Torff mixing more originals into the set, including Torff's wonderfully hyperactive "Brasil '79" and the swing-intensive "Blue Island Blues," and a rollicking rendition of Shearing's "Lullaby of Birdland," a certified bop classic and the composition for which the pianist is best known.

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