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Various Artists: The Legacy Lives On 2

The Legacy Lives On II has variety in 17 new recordings produced by entrepreneur and drummer Stix Hooper. But with a total time of 75 minutes, it is unclear why this set required two CDs.

George Shearing gives a superb unaccompanied performance of “But Beautiful,” and with a quartet that includes Hooper, guitarist Reg Schwager and bassist Neil Swainson he plays serious blues on “Serious Grease.” But Shearing takes an odd businessman’s bounce approach to “Darn That Dream.”

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