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    Rest in Peace, George Shearing

    One of the greats passed away early this week. George Shearing. May his voicings live on.
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    Re: Rest in Peace, George Shearing

    [bump] anybody? anybody? George Shearing? Am I too old?
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    Re: Rest in Peace, George Shearing

    Quote Originally Posted by reberclark View Post
    [bump] anybody? anybody? George Shearing? Am I too old?
    Well, I thought I might be the only one to remember him from the time he and I were both about 60 years younger. It was quite some time ago when he was among the jazz greats who performed at the Black Hawk in San Francisco, a very short walk from my apartment. I still have two albums of his piano arrangements, but I have not opened them for many years. Previous to his death, he was still playing at his church, but I have forgotten where.


    Richard

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    Re: Rest in Peace, George Shearing

    I remember that, as a young piano player (late 70s), the only jazz sheets available in a music shop (the biggest in Milan) were a collection of George Shearing tunes.

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    Re: Rest in Peace, George Shearing

    The Shearing piano/vibes unison sound will live forever with me. What a great musician he was and what a loss this is to the music world.

    Rest in peace, Mister Shearing and thank you for spending some time with us.
    Larry G. Alexander
    www.alexandermusic.com

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    Re: Rest in Peace, George Shearing

    I've been busy away from the site but just saw your post, Chip.

    Yes, we lost a great, gentle soul who made the most joyous, tasty, colorful music for decades. He will be missed.

    If I can elaborate on Sir Larry's mention of the classic "Shearing Voicing", it was Shearing playing the melody on piano in 4-part block voicings, with the lead/melody note doubled an octave lower (I.E., If the melody note was a B-natural in a CMa7 chord, It was voiced from the top/melody note down B, G, E, C, B). The vibes then doubled the top piano note in unison, and the mellow-toned electric guitar doubled the bottom piano note in unison. In essence, the vibes-guitar in octaves with the piano block chord in the middle of the sandwich! Yummm!

    I still use this voicing in arrangements from time to time and although it's a little dated, I still love the sound of it too much to not use it!

    RIP George and thanks for all the great music.

    Regards,

    Frank

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