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Reviewers: Don Mather, Dick Stafford, Marc Bridle, John Eyles, Ian Lace, Colin Clarke, Jack Ashby




Crotchet

MARIAN McPARTLAND'S PIANO JAZZ


BILL EVANS


Marian McPartland & Bill Evans - piano.

Conversation and music as heard on National Public Radio.

Recorded 11th June 1978.

The Jazz Alliance TJA 12038 2


1. Waltz For Debby
Evans Solo

2. Conversation

3. All Of You
Evans Solo

4. Conversation

5. All Of You
Duet

6. Conversation

7. In Your Own Sweet Way
Duet

8. Conversation/Demonstration
Evans Solo

9. The Touch Of Your Lips
Duet

10. Conversation

11. Reflections In D
Evans Solo

12. Conversation

13. Days Of Wine And Roses
Duet

14. Conversation

15. This Is All I Ask
Duet

16. Conversation
17. While We're Young
McPartland Solo

18. Conversation

19. I Love You
Duet



I find this disc to be quite irritating in its format. As can be seen, it is a mixture of conversation, piano solos and duets. Whilst this is quite plainly highly informative it is not something I would choose to listen to on a regular basis. Much of the conversation would be of little interest to the non-specialist listener and is not so riveting as to attract the more expert to repeated auditions. One could argue that it would be easy to sequence the disc to only play the musical examples, but does one wish to go through this process each time?

The actual playing is excellent, but there are many examples of these players available (particularly Evans) to render this offering only of interest to the completist, educationalist or archivist.

Dick Stafford



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