George Shearing – Bossa Nova (Full Album)

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Shearing Bossa Nova is a album by George Shearing accompanied by and arranged by Clare Fischer.

AllMusic Review by Stephen Cook:
Pianist George Shearing’s long association with Capitol Records (1955-1969) saw the release of several smooth Latin albums spotlighting his patented block-chord keyboard style mixed with tasteful Cuban and Brazilian percussion. A trailblazer in the Latin-jazz style (his mid-’50s combos featuring Willie Bobo and Armando Peraza would inspire a young Cal Tjader), Shearing appealed to jazz and easy listening fans alike. On the heels of wildly popular and PR department-treated mambo ventures like Latin Escapade and Latin Lace, Shearing took on the bossa nova craze of the early ’60s with this long player. Featuring the unobtrusive yet engaging arrangements of fellow Latin music champion Clare Fischer, Bossa Nova includes usual suspects like “One Note Samba,” “Desfinado,” and “Manha de Carnaval,” along with appropriately dressed-up versions of “On Green Dolphin Street” and “Come Rain or Shine.” And though listeners looking for more substantial genre statements are advised to turn to Stan Getz’s bossa blockbusters or Antonio Carlos Jobim and Joao Gilberto’s early records, Shearing fans certainly will find a lot here to enjoy. Highlights include the Fischer originals “Samba da Borboleta” and “Pensativa.” (

Track listing:
One Note Samba” (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Newton Mendonça, Jon Hendricks) – 2:43
Blue Prelude” – 2:30
Desafinado” (Jobim, Mendonça) – 2:18
Nevermore” – 3:08
Samba Da Borboleta (Butterfly Samba)” (Clare Fischer) – 2:21
Pensativa” (Fischer) – 2:44
On Green Dolphin Street” (Bronisław Kaper, Ned Washington) – 2:33
Come Rain or Come Shine” (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) – 2:56
Manhã de Carnaval (Morning of the Carnival)” (Luiz Bonfá, Antônio Maria) – 2:17
Algo Novo” – 3:10
Black Satin” – 3:53
Amazona’s Legend” – 2:38

George Shearing – piano
Laurindo Almeida – guitar

Clare Fischer – arranger, conducting
Woodwinds and a Brazilian rhythm.

Released: 1963
Recorded: December 17-19, 1962
Label: Capitol ST 1873