Marian McPartland / Teddy Wilson

Elegant Piano

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In the spring of 1970, Marian McPartland invited Teddy Wilson to join her for a session of piano duets, something she would become famous for after launching her long-running public radio series Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz at the end of the decade. Unlike the radio program, there is no talk, just great playing. Wilson, who always seems to be pegged as a swing specialist for his association with Benny Goodman, ventures into playing duets of songs like the famous bossa nova "Corcovado" and Toots Thielemans' hit "Bluesette" with McPartland, hardly the type of songs one would expect to hear on his own albums. McPartland cedes the solo spotlight to her guest, as he plays four unaccompanied selections, including the overlooked gem "Cottage for Sale," as well as a delightful take of "Shiny Stockings." McPartland's one solo is an original ballad, "Slowly into Evening." In a way this seems like a delightful sneak preview of what was to come in McPartland's series, as Wilson would also be one of her first guests on the program. Unfortunately, even with several reissues, this enjoyable session is currently unavailable.

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