Marian McPartland

An NPR Jazz Christmas with Marian McPartland and Friends

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz is the oldest continuously broadcast music series on National Public Radio. During tapings of the program in recent years, she invited 18 of her guests to contribute a performance to this holiday CD, NPR Jazz Christmas with Marian McPartland and Friends, which totals 22 tracks and a generous 70 minutes of music. There are blues piano and vocals by Marcia Ball, great vocals by Nnenna Freelon and Roseanna Vitro, plus the lyrical duet by trombonist J.J. Johnson with McPartland on "The Christmas Song." Of course, the highlights of Piano Jazz programs are the piano solos and duets: whether it's Keith Ingham, George Shearing, Jon Weber, or McPartland herself, the magic continues. The only problem with this CD is NPR's clumsy distribution of it (compared to the Jazz Alliance's handling of complete Piano Jazz programs), which makes it harder to acquire than it should be.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
02:42 Amazon
2
05:54 Amazon
3
feat: Keith Ingham
03:12 Amazon
4 02:38 Amazon
5
03:23 Amazon
6
02:52 Amazon
7
feat: Joe Locke
04:16 Amazon
8
feat: Jon Weber
03:10 Amazon
9
feat: Jon Weber
02:01 Amazon
10
02:25 Amazon
11 02:32 Amazon
12
feat: Bob James
03:57 Amazon
13 04:03 Amazon
14
feat: Marcia Ball
02:59 Amazon
15
04:03 Amazon
16 02:08 Amazon
17
feat: Jeff Johnson
02:23 Amazon
18 02:50 Amazon
19
feat: Renee Rosnes
02:18 Amazon
20 03:20 Amazon
21
feat: Freddy Cole
03:03 Amazon
22 04:02 Amazon
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