Dick Shearer

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Richard Bruce Shearer (September 21, 1940 – September 20, 1997) was an American jazz trombonist.

Shearer was lead trombonist and music director for the Stan Kenton Orchestra. He succeeded Jim Trimble in the late 1960s, led the band during Kenton's illnesses, and produced several of its albums. He remained with the band until Kenton's death in 1979. For the next three years, Shearer was director of jazz bands at Wayne State University in Detroit.

In soft ensemble passages (such as the Dee Barton arrangement of "Here's That Rainy Day"), Shearer plays softly, achieving an orchestral pianissimo; this technique allows the later ensemble climax to seem even more powerful.[1] Shearer also championed what is referred to as the "breath attack", where repeated notes (usually in a ballad) are not tongued, but are given an extra "push" of air.

Mike Vax, lead trumpeter of the Stan Kenton Orchestra, said, "Dick Shearer was the most important person on the band. I think that Stan felt about him like a son...the way Dick played trombone, that was the Kenton sound. Dick's trombone was derivative of all the great Kenton lead players, going all the way back to Kai Winding. But sometimes the person who's the end of a legacy becomes the culmination of the legacy, so I think Dick was the greatest lead trombone player of them all."[1]:222

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • Dick Shearer and His Stan Kenton Spirits (1992)

As sideman[edit]

  • Soul & Inspiration, The Righteous Brothers (1966)
  • Dream Dance, Johnny Trudell (1979)
  • The Four Freshmen Live at Butler University with Stan Kenton (1986)
  • Quantum Leap, Paul Cacia (1987)
  • The Alumni Tribute to Stan Kenton, Paul Cacia (1987)

With Stan Kenton

  • The World We Know (Capitol, 1967)
  • The Jazz Compositions of Dee Barton (Capitol, 1968)
  • Finian's Rainbow (Capitol, 1968)
  • Stan Kenton at Fountain Street Church 1968, Vol. 1 (1968)
  • Stan Kenton Conducts the Jazz Compositions of Dee Barton (1969)
  • Live at Redlands University (Creative World, 1970)
  • Live at Brigham Young University (Creative World, 1971)
  • Live at Butler University (Creative World, 1972)
  • National Anthems of the World (1972)
  • Stan Kenton Today – Live in London (Creative World, 1972)
  • 7.5 on the Richter Scale (1973)
  • Birthday in Britain (Creative World, 1973)
  • Live at the London Hilton – Part I & II (1973)
  • 7.5 on the Richter Scale (Creative World, 1973)
  • Fire, Fury & Fun (1974)
  • Kenton '76 (Creative World, 1976)
  • Live in Europe (1976)
  • Stan Kenton Plays Chicago (Creative World, 1976)
  • Journey into Capricorn (1976)
  • Live at Carthage College, Vol. 1 (1994)
  • Live at Carthage College, Vol. 2 (1994)
  • Live at the London Hilton 1973, Vol. 1 (1995)
  • At Pavilion Hemel Hempstead England 1973 (1996)
  • British Tour 1973 (1998)
  • The Sound of Kenton (1999)
  • At the Arcadia Theatre 1974 (2000)
  • Live at Newport: 1959, 1963, 1971 (2000)
  • Revelations: 1940–1978 (2000)
  • The Cologne Concert, Vol. 1 (2000)
  • The Cologne Concert, Vol. 2 (2000)
  • Live at Carthage College 1974 (2001)
  • Clearwater 72 (2002)
  • Artistry in Symphonic Jazz (2003)
  • Tunes and Topics, Pt. 1 (2003)
  • Tunes and Topics, Pt. 2 (2003)
  • Kenton Plays Poland (2004)
  • Big Sounds from the Small Screen (2006)
  • Road Band '67 (2009)
  • Flying High in Florida (2013)
  • Kenton Roars! at the Golden Lion (2015)
  • Storming Through the South (2016)
  • The Stuttgart Experience (2016)[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sparke, Michael (2010). Stan Kenton: This Is an Orchestra!. Denton, Tex.: University of North Texas Press. p. 229. ISBN 9781574412840.
  2. ^ "Dick Shearer | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 October 2017.