Another master has left us. Bad year so far on this front. George Shearing, king of elegance and the master of block chords, died today at 91. This video features Shearing and company on the Dezil Best head “Move”. It’s a great clip in that you can hear Shearing rip on single note lines as well as the chordal work. Outrageous dexterity on all fronts. Another Shearing trademark is the doubling of melodies with vibes and guitar. Such a sublime sound, one I wish would return. Instead, we have beat boxes and auto tune. Yay, 2011… RIP Shearing.

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