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George Shearing Quintet – Live At The Blue Note 1953 – Past Daily Downbeat

George Shearing - high priest of mellow-cool.

George Shearing – high priest of mellow-cool.

George Shearing Quintet – Live At The Blue Note – July 11, 1953 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

Heading into some Jazz for Fall Weather this weekend. A set by the always-suave-and-mellow George Shearing Quintet, featuring Cal Tjader on vibes, live at The Blue Note Club and recorded on July 11, 1953.

Shearing’s Piano-Vibe-guitar combination became his trademark and was instantly recognizable whether it was him, or someone sounding just like him – the Shearing Sound was unmistakable.

And his sound held appeal for a huge cross-section of fans; whether they were hardcore or mainstream – it was consistent and it was honest.

If you’ve never heard him before, here’s your chance to catch this set by George Shearing as it was broadcast in 1953. I ran it originally in 2012, but the sound wasn’t all that good. If you’re familiar, here’s a reminder.

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