Marian McPartland

An NPR Jazz Christmas with Marian McPartland and Friends

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AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden

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
Marian McPartland 02:42 Amazon
2
Marian McPartland feat: Jon Faddis / Peter Washington 05:54 Amazon
3 Marian McPartland feat: Keith Ingham 03:12 Amazon
4 Marian McPartland feat: Nnenna Freelon 02:38 Amazon
5
Marian McPartland 03:23 Amazon
6
Marian McPartland feat: George Shearing 02:52 Amazon
7 Marian McPartland feat: Joe Locke 04:16 Amazon
8 Marian McPartland feat: Jon Weber 03:10 Amazon
9
Marian McPartland feat: Jon Weber 02:01 Amazon
10
Marian McPartland 02:25 Amazon
11 Marian McPartland feat: Roseanna Vitro 02:32 Amazon
12 Marian McPartland feat: Bob James 03:57 Amazon
13 Marian McPartland feat: Frank Kimbrough 04:03 Amazon
14
Marian McPartland feat: Marcia Ball 02:59 Amazon
15
Marian McPartland 04:03 Amazon
16 Marian McPartland 02:08 Amazon
17 Marian McPartland feat: Jeff Johnson 02:23 Amazon
18 Marian McPartland feat: Michael Weiss 02:50 Amazon
19
Marian McPartland feat: Renee Rosnes 02:18 Amazon
20 Marian McPartland feat: Darrell Grant 03:20 Amazon
21
Marian McPartland feat: Freddy Cole 03:03 Amazon
22 Marian McPartland feat: Phil Markowitz 04:02 Amazon
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