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The British-born pianist Marian McPartland has had a long and multi-faceted career. She’s been recording since the 1950s, had her own label at one point, has hosted a radio show since the late 1970s, and at the age of 89, she created Twilight World. McPartland, accompanied by bassist Gary Mazaroppi and drummer Glen Davis, plays standards and jazz classics like John Lewis’s “Afternoon in Paris” and Miles Davis’s “Blue in Green,” along with some of her own compositions. Her playing is free of meaningless ornamentation, full of elegant charm, and you can sense her delight as she engages with each and every song. On two tracks, the Bacharach-David gem, “Alfie,” and Alec Wilder’s “Blackberry Winter,” she plays alone, delivering moving performances that reflect a long history with the tunes. It’s a pleasant surprise to hear McPartland tackle two pieces by Ornette Coleman, “Turn Around” and “Lonely Woman,” where the band takes a freer approach. The album also includes McPartland originals like the title cut and “Stranger in a Dream,” which showcase the pianist’s impressive writing.

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Marian does it again!

This is a jazz classic well worth the listen. Marian's phrasing and articulation are outstanding.

Twilight World

The tunes are lovely, the playing is scrumptious! Check out John Lewis's Afternoon in Paris and you'll have to agree this music is tasty! Happy 90th Marian!!!!!! Peace Guy Piano


Beautiful compositions! do not miss this one!


Born: March 20, 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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