Telarc Jazz presents George Shearing performing a solo piano album, Favorite Things, featuring 13 pensive, new interpretations of admired classics by Shearing's favorite composers and lesser-known gems from the jazz musician's vast repertoire.
Shearing uses the full range of the keyboard, creating romantic expressions, tranquil themes, dramatic tapestries and playful figures that serve to heighten his mastery of the block chord (parallel "locked hand") style he began using in the late 1940s.
Shearing freshens "Not You Again," a song he previously recorded with singer Cleo Laine and offers "Anna's Song," a lovely lyrical tribute written by Neil Swainson, Shearing's long-time bassist, for his wife. Shearing's version of "In A Calm," a tune composed by his friend, the great orchestrator Robert Farnon, evokes tranquil spring day moods. Shearing tenderly sings the love song, "It Amazes me" in an all-too-brief encore.
His unsurpassed imagination, passion and technique make Favorite Things a winning album.
Favorite Things highlights the sensibilities of George Shearing: a legendary pianist whose distinctive piano stylings have been pleasing worldwide fans for nearly five decades.