Marian McPartland – Interplay (1970/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 44:44 minutes | 772 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © MPS
Recipient of a Grammy, honored with Downbeat’s ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award, and host of National Public Radio’s longest running program, the iconic ‘Piano Jazz’, Marian McPartland was one of the pioneer women in jazz. Elegant, tasteful, charming, sensuous” (Melody Maker), with a style that one critic called “flexible, complex, and almost impossible to pigeonhole”, she played everything from Dixieland to the avant-garde. McPartland teams up in a rare piano/bass duo, something she had always wanted to do, since “the possibilities of the music being free and uninhibited are much greater. Elegant, tasteful, charming, sensuous, with a style that one critic called “flexible, complex, and almost impossible to pigeonhole”, she played everything from Dixieland to the avant-garde. McPartland teams up in a rare piano/bass duo, something she had always wanted to do, since “the possibilities of the music being free and uninhibited are much greater”. Her bassist, Linc Milliman, “sounds like a whole rhythm section…I may start a tune…but often he will set the tempo and the mood.” The ‘live’ settings in Rochester NY and Manhattan are perfect stages for the music’s intimacy. Two pieces are original ballads, Marian’s reflective Twilight World and her impressionistic Illusion. The evergreen Indian Summer begins as ballad before warming up for a medium-tempo stroll with bass and piano hand-in-hand, and Close Your Eyes follows with the duo’s sophisticated interaction. Here’s That Rainy Day drips bittersweet tones, whereas McPartland has her own modal take on the Davis classic, Milestones. There’s a bit of a traditional air to Hoagy Carmicheal’s New Orleans, and McPartland digs some depth into the country-pop of By the Time I Get To Phoenix. The tasty Mercer Ellington blues Things Aint What They Used To Be ends this exquisite album of Marian McPartland at her classy best. A must for those who love piano jazz!
Marian McPartland rarely recorded with just a bassist, but this duet with little-known bassist Linc Milliman (a fine player according to McPartland who preferred not to venture far from his home) was a part of the pianist’s own Halcyon catalog. Among the highlights are McPartland’s superb solo renditions of her ballad “Twilight World” and the lesser known (but equally interesting) “Illusion,” a lively duet of “Close Your Eyes,” a dreamy “Here’s That Rainy Day,” and a rare venture into Miles Davis’ memorable modal piece “Milestones.” She tries valiantly to make something out of the then-current pop song “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” (a huge hit for country singer Glen Campbell), but the tune is clearly not in league with the remainder of this set. This seems to be a live recording that has been tightly edited to remove applause at the end of each piece. Recorded in the late 1960s or early ’70s, this hard to find release, now available as Hi-Rez download.
01 – Twilight World
02 – Indian Summer
03 – Close Your Eyes
04 – Here’s That Rainy Day
05 – Milestones
06 – New Orleans
07 – By the Time I Get to Phoenix
08 – Illusion
09 – Things Ain’t What They Used to Be
Produced by Hank O’Neal.
Marian McPartland – piano
Linc Milliman – bass