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Recorded in 1978 for Marian McPartland's radio program, this performance and conversation brings two great pianists together to reminisce and to talk about their careers as performers, scholars, and dedicated lovers of the art of jazz.
Together, they uncover Teddy Wilson's biography piece by piece. It turns out Wilson was an early influence for McPartland from the time she was a teenager in England, listening to his recordings with Benny Goodman. As pianists, they discuss keyboard reach, accompanying singers, big band participation, chord substitution, improvisation versus note for note transcriptions, essential practice habits, warming up, mental preparation, ergonomics, and consistency.
Wilson's interpretations of "Sophisticated Lady " and "Don't Get Around Much Anymore sparkle with lyric pride. He cascades gracefully and puts sweeping emotion into each line. He makes the music swing, and yet he always puts a personal touch to each segment.
Together, McPartland and Wilson perform "I'll Remember April with four hands, swinging gingerly over its majestic melody with ease. Later, "Flying Home closes the show as another four-hand duet that swings unmercifully. Both pianists give the piece a powerful drive that just won't let up. As two dedicated artists, they've always given their performances a hundred percent.
Track Listing: Stompin' at the Savoy; Sophisticated Lady/Don't Get Around Much Anymore; I'll Remember April; Lush Life/Take the 'A' Train; Marian's Motif; Traumerie; Moonglow; Flying Home.
Personnel: Marian McPartland, Teddy Wilson: piano.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com