Marian McPartland / Jimmy McPartland

McPartlands Live at the Monticello

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Jimmy McPartland leads a fine sextet date at the Monticello, featuring pianist Marian McPartland, trombonist Hank Berger (who also doubles on banjo), and clarinetist Jack Maheu. The cornetist is in great form at this point in his career, delivering a number of inspired solos. The music is a mix of classic jazz and swing, with freewheeling chestnuts such as "Dinah," "Wolverine Blues," and "Royal Garden Blues," as well as swing-era favorites like "Avalon" and "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter." There is a pair of individual features for his spouse in a trio setting, including a post-bop-tinged "Willow Weep for Me" (long one of her favorite tunes) and a swinging "Things Ain't What They Used to Be." Although six of the seven tracks were eventually reissued on the Jazz Alliance compilation CD A Sentimental Journey, the omitted trio track ("Things Ain't What They Used to Be") makes the original LP worth tracking down.