Marian McPartland & Willie Pickens: Ain't Misbehavin'
Pickens' solo improvisation on "Spring Is Here" and "It's Only a Paper Moon" spells adventure and excitement. His emotional swagger and emphatic strength jar the senses. The Twilight Zone enters the house, as Pickens stretches to find new and interesting ways to express his views. McPartland's solo offering of "Autumn Nocturne" and "Close Your Eyes," on the other hand, reflect her penchant for traditional harmony and a conservative landscape. Adventure never escapes her, though, as the veteran pianist still finds new ways of approaching her themes. Seeking ways to maintain space throughout, she interprets the songs in her own sweet way. The two pianists complement each other well. Both veteran artists prefer some form of rhythm suitable for swinging. Familiar melodies are never lost, and each chestnut is treated with respect. Highly recommended, you'll find this two-piano session exciting, and still within the tradition.
Track Listing: Ain't Misbehavin'; Along Came Betty; Close Your Eyes; It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing); Spring Is Here; Night And Day; (It's Only a) Paper Moon; Autumn Nocturne; Just One of Those Things.
Personnel: Marian McPartland, Willie Pickens- piano.
Record Label: Concord Music Group