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Album Review

A collection of Marian McPartland trio recordings from 1952-1953, Timeless offers only 13 tracks, but they are certainly quality recordings at that. McPartland is heard in the studio and on six live recordings by Rudy Van Gelder made at the Hickory House in New York City. The cool-toned bop pianist begins playfully ("Strike Up the Band"), but also contributes ruminative explorations of "It Might as Well Be Spring" and "Gypsy in My Soul." Her solos are precise and very enjoyable, and the varying groups behind McPartland provide her with a strong foundation. With few collections available that chart this period, Timeless is an important release.

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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