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Marian McPartlandís
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

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