I Hear A Rhapsody features the Shearing duo -- with longtime associate Neil Swainson on bass -- with the addition of drummer Grady Tate to a performance recorded live in February 1992 at New York's Blue Note.
The trio plays eleven enchanting interpretations of tunes from the jazz legacy and the classic song repertoire, plus originals by both Neil Swainson and George Shearing.
Included are swinging readings of the ballads, "The End of A Love Affair," "The Masquerade Is Over" and "Too Late Now;" bebop classics "Birdfeathers" by Charlie Parker and "Wail" by Bud Powell; one of Dave Brubeck's most accomplished compositions, "The Duke;" "Dreamsville," a moody swinger from Henry Mancini's score for the television show, Peter Gunn; and originals -- "Horizon" by Neil Swainson and "Just A Mood," by George Shearing.
George Shearing has been popularizing jazz with taste, wit and sheer musicality for over fifty years. After establishing a recording contract with MGM in 1949, he hit upon a new and influential sound that made him an international success. His piano and vibes-led quintet played music that was derived from the new rhythmic freedom of bebop, due to texture of the instruments, was less turbulent. He wrote Lullaby of Birdland, one of a number of hits that the group recorded.
Since the days of the legendary quintet, George Shearing has led a variety of groups in a multitude of settings, and his recordings run the gamut from large produced sessions with strings to sensitive solo recordings.