Monday, May 16, 2011

CD Reissue of the Week - "George Shearing: Bossa Nova"

CD Reissue of the Week
George Shearing: "Bossa Nova" (Capitol/Toshiba-EMI) 1963/2011

Recorded in December, 1962, released in May, 1963
Produced by Tom Morgan
Arranged by Clare Fischer
Liner notes by Tony Newman
Featuring: Laurindo Almeida (acoustic guitar), Ralph Peña (acoustic bass), Shelly Manne (drums) and woodwinds (the uncredited bass clarinet player should have won a special award!)

Highlights: Jobim/Newton Mendonça's bossa nova hymns "One Note Samba" and "Desafinado," Fischer's own bossa "Pensativa," the jazz standards "On Green Dolphin Street" and "Come Rain or Come Shine," Ralph Peña's "Algo Novo," Shearing's own "Black Satin" and Almeida's batuque "Amazon's Legend," which sounds very similar to Dorival Caymmi's first part of "O Mar."

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