CD Reviews

Music on the Web (UK)

Webmaster: Len Mullenger

[ Jazz index ] [Nostalgia index] [ Purchase CDs ][ Film MusicWeb ] [ Classical MusicWeb ] [ Gerard Hoffnung ]


Reviewers: Don Mather, Tony Augarde, Dick Stafford, John Eyles, Robert Gibson, Ian Lace, Colin Clarke, Jack Ashby



BUY NOW
Crotchet

ELVIS COSTELLO

Marian McPartlandís
PIANO JAZZ
Radio Broadcast

The Jazz Alliance TGA-12049-2

 

 



The first and alternative tracks are of conversations between the artists and I have therefore only listed the music tracks.

  1. At Last
  2. My Funny Valentine
  3. Almost Blue
  4. The Very Thought of You
  5. Gloomy Sunday
  6. You donít Know What Love Is
  7. They Didnít Believe Me
  8. Iím in the Mood for Love

Elvis Costello - Vocals
Marion McPartland - Piano
Gary Mazzaroppi - Bass

I always enjoy listening to expert musicians and singers talk about their craft and without fail I have enjoyed the Piano Jazz records, of which I have many. Marian McPartland is a remarkable piano player, because she has recorded several trio albums, each one of which is well worth hearing and at the same time is well proven as a superb accompanist of other musicians and singers. Very few pianists are capable of both these types of work, Oscar Petersenís playing when supporting Ella Fitzgerald was totally different to his solo style. Marion must be a very capable woman, when she moved from the UK to the USA, very few woman had succeeded in making it on the US jazz scene. She has had a long and successful career and her success is well deserved.

This particular session with Elvis Costello goes very well, Costello is from the pop genre, but he has written some good songs and he sounds very comfortable both in conversation and whilst singing with Marion. Bass player Gary Mazzaroppi is also a significant contributor.

Elvis is married to Dianna Krall and listening to the way he talks about his music, you can see how this marriage of two different worlds can work. It was interesting for me to learn that Elvisís father was Ross Mc Manus, who I heard many times as featured vocalist with the Joe loss Orchestra. He was also a fine jazz trumpet player.

One of my favourite tunes currently is ĎYou Donít Know What Love Isí, the version recorded here sounds somewhat reminiscent of Chet Baker, who apparently recorded some of Elvisís songs.

I enjoyed this album and would recommend it.

Don Mather



    Gerard Hoffnung CDs

    Advertising on
    Musicweb


    Donate and get a free CD

    New Releases

    Naxos Classical

    Hyperion

     

    Musicweb sells the following labels
    Acte Prťalable Arcodiva
    British Music Soc.
    CDAccord
    Hallť
    Hortus
    Lyrita
    Nimbus
    Northern Flowers
    Redcliffe
    Sheva
    Talent
    Toccata Classics


    Follow us on Twitter


    Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter

    Return to Index

    Reviews from previous months


    You can purchase CDs, tickets and musician's accessories and Save around 22% with these retailers: