2013
Label: Hallmark Music & Entertainment - 714092 • Format: CD Album • Genre: Jazz •
Download What Is There To Say - The George Shearing Quintet - Black Satin

The author of Black Satin 's original liner notes would have one believe the album was recorded for the sole purpose of aiding swinging bachelors in their quest to seduce women ranging from What Is There To Say - The George Shearing Quintet - Black Satin girl in blue gingham to the lady in luxurious black satin".

Astute jazz lovers know, however, that even the poppiest George Shearing records are far more than simple cocktail lounge dreck. It's mellow music for sure, and heavily orchestrated, but there is a level Cold As Ice - Foreigner - Foreigner harmonic sophistication and brilliant arranging here that qualifies Black Satin for classic status.

George Shearing 's sublimely elegant tone, touch, and phrasing are perhaps never better and more simply displayed than on this album. Plus, the record in some ways serves as a primer to his style, as he manages to add subtle shadings of Latin music, bebop, and barrelhouse throughout sometimes all in the same tune.

As the Green Eyes - Ken Griffin - Latin Americana suggests, this isn't an album full of ferocious up-tempo jazz chops, but rather mood music in the best possible sense of that term. Often sounding like a soundtrack to a non-existent film noir classic or a concept album in the vein of Frank Sinatra 's In the Wee Small Hoursit's by turns mysterious, jovial, exotic, romantic, melancholy, and wistful.

Black Satin owes a good part of its success to the strings co-arranged by Billy Maywho also worked with Sinatrawhich are perfectly mated to the quintet in a manner that recalls the best work of George Martin with the Beatles. Though often lumped in with the lounge genre, Black Satin is by no means simply background music.

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