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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz Radio Broadcast (With Rosemary Clooney)

Marian McPartland & Rosemary Clooney

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Album Review

The date listed for this addition of Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz show is an estimate since the first few releases put out on the Jazz Alliance series unfortunately left out that detail. Dave Brubeck and Marian McPartland have known each other since the early '50s and their mutual respect and love is felt in their conversation and reminiscences. With the exception of the opening duet on "St. Louis Blues" and the closing "Take Five," all of the selections performed are Brubeck's compositions. He takes "Thank You" and the brief "Polytonal Blues" solo and McPartland explores "Summer Song" but the most intriguing tracks are the duets, particularly "The Duke," "In Your Own Sweet Way" and the ad-lib "Free Piece." This was one of Marian McPartland's better shows.


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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