Marian McPartland / Benny Carter

Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz with Guest Benny Carter

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This particular episode of Marian McPartland's famed radio series Piano Jazz features the great altoist Benny Carter her special guest and it should have been a classic. The interview and verbal interplay is interesting but unfortunately Carter chose (for unrevealed reasons) to stick exclusively to playing piano. Since piano is about his fifth best instrument (he sticks mostly to melody statements), the duets between McPartland and Carter are of much less interest than expected. McPartland does take three songs as a solo (the program sticks exclusively to her guest's compositions) but this CD can be easily skipped without much regret.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:42
2 2:26
3 1:24
4 4:59
5 3:35
6 3:50
7 4:31
8 3:10
9 1:38
10 3:29
11 1:26
12 3:49
13 0:34
14 3:18
15 1:15
16 3:28
17 1:57
18 2:13
19 0:12
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