George Shearing The Kings Singers with Neil Swainson - Get Happy! (1991)

George Shearing The Kings Singers with Neil Swainson - Get Happy! (1991)

Artist: George Shearing & The King's Singers with Neil Swainson
Title Of Album: Get Happy!
Year Of Release: 1991
Label: EMI Classics/TOCE-7654
Genre: Vocal Jazz, Acappella
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue,scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Total Time: 69:56
Total Size: 277 mb
01. Sweet and Low-Down (Gershwin) - 2:48
02. The Half-Of-It-Dearie Blues (Gershwin) - 4:53
03. The Real American Folk Song (Gershwin) - 3:19
04. Any Place I Hang My Hat (Arlen) - 5:10
05. Ill Wind (Arlen) - 5:11
06. I Got Rhythm (Gershwin) - 4:03
07. Out of This World (Arlen) - 3:58
08. Over the Rainbow (Arlen) - 6:06
09. One for My Baby (Arlen) - 4:14
10. Oh, I Can't Sit Down (Gershwin) - 2:48
11. But Not for Me (Gershwin) - 7:44
12. It Ain't Necessarily So (Gershwin) - 2:53
13. It's a New World (Arlen) - 4:14
14. Get Happy (Arlen) - 3:11
15. When the Sun Comes Out (Arlen) - 3:43
16. My Shining Hour (Arlen) - 1:38
17. Lullaby of Birdland (Shearing) - 4:03
David Hurley, Alastair Hume, Robert Chilcott, Bruce Russell, Simon Carrington, Stephen Connolly - vocals
George Shearing - piano
Neil Swainson - double bass
John Harle - saxophone (#9)
This is a fantastic recording. There are interesting arrangements from some of the best popular music arrangers, including Richard Rodney Bennett, Paul Hart and Daryl Runswick, not to mention Shearing's great new 5/4 version of his best-loved song Lullaby of Birdland, which begins with a jazz version of Brahms' Lullaby.
The Kings Singers are in fine form, with their flawless intonation and meticulous attention to creating a great sound.
Each track features just the sextet, Shearing and a double bass (played by Neil Swainson), except for One For My Baby, which adds John Harle on saxophone. That track is one of the three terrific Daryl Runswick arrangements included on the album.
Other stand-outs are:
The-Half-of-It-Dearie Blues, which sounds very similar to their much earlier version of it, i.e. sensitive and sensuous.
Gershwin's The Real American Folk Song (is a rag)
Daryl Runswick's interpretations of I Got Rhythm and Anyplace I Hang My Hat
Over the Rainbow
It is worth getting Amazon to hunt for this album for you: it is one of the very best of many fine albums the performers have made. Getting them together for this disc was a first-class idea.
-- By Gontroppo "Music and Theology Lover"

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