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||For Dizzy||Marian McPartland||3:44||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Twilight World||Marian McPartland||5:22||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Stranger In a Dream||Marian McPartland||6:59||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||A Delicate Balance||Marian McPartland||4:30||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Ambiance||Marian McPartland||4:51||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Silent Pool||Marian McPartland||6:24||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Castles In the Sand||Marian McPartland||6:02||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Melancholy Mood||Marian McPartland||4:10||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Threnody||Marian McPartland||4:44||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Time and Time Again||Marian McPartland||5:00||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||There'll Be Other Times||Marian McPartland||3:25||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||With You In Mind||Marian McPartland||4:02||$0.99||View In iTunes|
Rather than "Silent Pool," the Marian McPartland selection on this rather sleepy CD that best sums up the music is "Melancholy Mood." Long adept at writing harmonically sophisticated originals, pianist McPartland is featured on a dozen of her compositions with the backing of 20 strings, bassist Andy Simpkins and drummer Harold Jones. Alan Broadbent's string arrangements (a throwback in some ways to the mood music records of the 1950s) are lush, dreamy, always middle-of-the-road and sometimes dull. McPartland plays well as usual on the ballad-oriented set that includes at least three of her best-known originals ("A Delicate Balance," "Ambiance" and "Threnody"), but the unadventurous strings clearly weigh down the music.
Marian McPartland Genius
Marian McPartland has been performing for many years and while not mentioned like Bill Evans or Keith Jarrett, she is pure genius, and has been a major
contribution to piano jazz. Every piano jazz afficionado should have her in their collection and this album is a great start.
This Is A Beautiful Record
Put this on at the end of the day. Shuffle it in with Chris Botti's "Italia". Perfect mix for reflection and / or romance.
I couldn't disagree with the above review more
I've owned this CD for years and it's one of my favorite jazz recordings. McPartland's playing is so sensitive and at times breathtaking. The lushness of these pieces moves through you and relaxes you better than a meditation CD; if you're looking for high energy Coltrane, this isn't it, but that isn't what this recording is for. Dull isn't a word that is appropriate for any of the cuts here. If you like mellow jazz with strings, you can't beat this recording.
Born: March 20, 1918 in Slough, Berkshire, England
Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s