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Monday, February 14, 2011

The Saddest Possible Day. Farewell Sir George

The death of George Shearing earlier today is a truly sad occasion - arguably the UK's greatest jazz musician - I have, apart from the records, two very happy memories of hearing George live.
The first was in 1962 when, on my honeymoon, we heard him at Finsbury Park Empire sharing the bill with singer Joe Williams and Junior Mance.
The second time was in the 1980s at the Royal Festival Hall with Mel Tormé. On both occasions his playing knocked me out. Hearing Shearing, if you'll pardon the rhyme, was more than listening to those famous block chords - although I could listen to them forever - it was hearing a master jazz craftsman, a true artiste who ranked with the best of them.
George was 91 and we knew he wouldn't last forever but, in our hearts, we hoped he would.
RIP George, you will be sadly missed but up there, flying high in Birdland, you will be welcomed.
I'm going to play those quintet records and wallow amongst those rich harmonies.
YouTube link from Hil.
Lance.

4 comments :

Eileen Smith said...

Lance did you know that George was Eric's (Delaney)best man at his first wedding? after I read it I rang him and he's broken hearted. Thank you for letting us know.

Liz said...

A beautifully worded tribute Lance, you echo our thoughts , those of us who loved & enjoyed this modest man's immense talent.
The song is ended but the melody lingers on
Liz

Neilsound said...

George Shearing R.I.P. God Bless.
One of my teachers Arthur Jackson (also blind)was a great admirer of George Shearing, I have a recording I made of Kinda Cute which I will now call Tribute to George Shearing, on my reverbnation page-
http://www.reverbnation.com/soundprism

The world is less without George, but we should keep his memory going.

Liz said...

Ages since I heard "kinda cute" thanks Neil, a fitting choice for the great man
Liz

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