Marian McPartland


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Taken from a live performance, this LP is a somewhat erratic set of music recorded for Tony Bennett's short-lived Improv label. Pianist Marian McPartland plays "All the Things You Are" with a trio (bassist Brian Torff and drummer George Reed), clarinetist Herb Hall is featured on "Just a Closer Walk with Thee," tenorman Buddy Tate has "Lonely Avenue" as his showcase and the full group (which includes veteran cornetist Jimmy McPartland and the forgotten Spider Martin on tenor) jams on "Royal Garden Blues," "Dinah" and "Undecided." This was one of Jimmy McPartland's final recordings.