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Live At Yoshi's Nitespot

Marian McPartland Trio

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Marian McPartland has continued to grow as a musician over her long career, constantly exploring new songs and new styles while rekindling standards and jazz classics with her own distinctive touch at the keyboard. This pair of 1995 sessions at the Yoshi's Nitespot in Oakland, CA, feature her in a trio setting with bassist Bill Douglass and drummer Glenn Davis. She slowly percolates a driving bop arrangement of "Like Someone in Love," and her striking approach to "If I Should Lose You" conveys the emotion of the song even though the lyric isn't heard. She also ventures into modern Broadway with a mesmerizing waltz interpretation of the ballad "Pretty Women" (from Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd). Songs by Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk are an expected part of any performance by the pianist, and she doesn't disappoint her audience with her lovely take of "Warm Valley" and a strident version of "Straight, No Chaser." She romps through Charlie Parker's "Steeplechase," captures the essence of Clare Fischer's "Pensativa," revisits her own beautiful ballad "Silent Pool" (which has been heard on numerous editions of her long-running NPR series "Piano Jazz"), and signs off with Ornette Coleman's deceptively simple blues "Turn Around," which of course prompts her to choose an adventurous, improvised route. This live CD is an essential document of McPartland's career, and no jazz library should be without it.

Biography

Born: 20 March 1918 in Slough, Berkshire, England

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Marian McPartland became famous for hosting her Piano Jazz radio program beginning in 1978, but she was a well-respected pianist decades before. She played in a four-piano vaudeville act in England and performed on the European continent for the troops during World War II. In Belgium in 1944, she met cornetist Jimmy McPartland and they soon married. Marian moved with her husband to the United States in 1946, where she sometimes played with him even though her style was more modern than his Dixieland-oriented...
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