The problem with this encounter between Marian McPartland and Mercer Ellington is that Ellington was not much of a musician. He plays some "arranger's piano" with McPartland on the opening "C Jam Blues" but otherwise all of the music (barely 22 minutes worth) is comprised exclusively of McPartland's piano solos; all familiar Duke Ellington, Mercer Ellington or Billy Strayhorn tunes except for her own improvised "Portrait of Mercer Ellington." The conversation (which naturally focuses on Duke) does not contain any really fresh or new stories and this rather disappointing edition of Piano Jazz is quite forgettable.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow