It was with great shock and sadness that I read today of the passing of George Shearing, the masterful pianist and composer who wrote one of my favorite tunes, “Lullaby Of Birdland.”
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“This guy invented fire. What Dante was to literature, Les Paul was to modern recording. There was all this primitive stuff before him, and everything after him owes him a huge debt.”
Wow. How do I follow something like that? Luckily this legendary musician gives me more than enough material.
Les Paul was an amazing jazz and country guitarist, songwriter and inventor. He completely changed the way pop music is produced and helped make the sound of rock and roll possible with the solid-body electric guitar. He also pioneered the use of recording techniques modern artists take for granted such as multitrack recording, delay and echo, among others. His revolutionary guitar skills continue to inspire guitarists to this day and his namesake, the Gibson Les Paul, remains “the world’s most prestigious guitar.”
We lost another giant this week.
As you know by now, Lena Horne passed away earlier this week. In the Jazz world, she was probably best known for her rendition of the classic Stormy Weather.
NJ.com has published a touching article with NJ Jazz artists sharing their thoughts on the late, great entertainer.