Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Thanks to everyone who sent links to Youtube videos of George Shearing playing various songs, his own compositions and standards etc. after my post on his passing.

I chose the one below out of all of them, partly because it was suggested by friend and poet Tom Raworth who, like Shearing, is English and who did something as totally original with his art, poetry, as Shearing did with music.

I especially dig that this video (which from the suits I'd guess was made in the early 1950s) shows how humble Shearing was, that even with his great gifts, he didn't grandstand, (maybe his blindness gave him a natural humility). And also because if you aren't smiling by the end of it, you must have gotten distracted.

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