Marian Mcpartland's Piano Jazz CD (2005)

Artist: Bruce Hornsby

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Label Jazz Alliance/universal
SKU 63991154
UPC 727489205121
UPC 14 00727489205121
Format CD
Release Date 10/4/2005
Author Bruce Hornsby
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Compilation Appearance Jazz At Night's End
Compilation Appearance Jazz At Weeks End
Compilation Appearance Feeling Sentimental
Compilation Appearance Intimate Evening
Compilation Appearance Jazz Moods
Compilation Appearance Savoy At 60
Compilation Appearance Concord Records 30th Anniversary Box
Compilation Appearance Most Romantic Jazz Music In The Universe
Compilation Appearance Concord Jazz Super Adudio Cd Sampler
Compilation Appearance More of the Most Relaxing Jazz Music in the Universe
Compilation Appearance Most Relaxing Jazz Piano Music In The Universe
Compilation Appearance Ultimate Most Relaxing Jazz Music in Universe
Compilation Appearance Piano Jazz
Compilation Appearance Duets
Compilation Appearance Jazz Weekend
Associated Artist/Work Blake, Eubie
Technical Info
Producer Shari Hutchinson
CatalogID 12051
Lable Name Jazz Alliance
Released 10/04/2005
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Live
UPC 00727489205121
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Marian McPartland (piano); Bruce Hornsby (vocals, piano).
Marian McPartland hasn't worried for a moment about fans who become disgruntled when her weekly guest comes from outside of jazz. But they have little to gripe about with rocker Bruce Hornsby, who not only has a jazz background from his studies at the University of Miami, but immediately tells his host that he waited a dozen years or more to accept her invitation in order to get his solo piano chops up to a level that he deemed acceptable. Hornsby is hardly the typical rock composer, as he creates imaginative melodies with lyrics that never fall into a rut. His amusing opener, "King of the Hill," incorporates the right-hand line of Bill Evans' difficult "Twelve Tone Tune" in several spots, while it's easy to imagine Marian stifling raucous laughter as he sings the line, "Got his hand in his pants at the skin flick/Leisure suit, thinks it's slick." Equally infectious is "Sneaking Up on Boo Radley," a song inspired by his childhood habit of following mental patients around in his hometown. An incredible right-hand line that blends influences from several diverse musical styles accompanies his ostinato bass. Hornsby's signature song, "The Way It Is," comes across as a modern but intricate folk melody that shines even brighter in this solo interpretation. When McPartland joins him for several duets, each time it's obvious that they're having a ball together. They act as if they've been dueting for years in Bud Powell's demanding bop anthem "Parisian Thoroughfare," a piece that can quickly turn into a train wreck in a duo piano setting. "Solar" and "Blue Monk" also showcase great teamwork and fine solos by each of them. Marian's solo number is a lyrical, improvised arrangement of the old chestnut "Close Your Eyes." McPartland's strength as an interviewer is readily apparent, as her guest responds enthusiastically to each of her questions. While fans of Bruce Hornsby will no doubt snap up this CD, jazz listeners who are unfamiliar with him owe it to themselves to explore this very rewarding broadcast from Marian McPartand's Piano Jazz radio series. ~ Ken Dryden
Disc 1
1 Conversation
2 KIng Of The Hill / Twelve Tone Tune
3 Conversation
4 Sneaking Up On Boo Radley
5 Conversation
6 Parisian Thouroughfare
7 Conversation
8 Close Your Eyes
9 Conversation
10 Solar
11 Conversation
12 We'll Be Together Again
13 Conversation
14 Conversation
15 Blue Monk
Product Attributes
Artist Hornsby,Bruce
Label Jazz Alliance/concord
Music Format Compact Disc

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