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Piano Jazz: McPartland and Wilson by Teddy Wilson / Marian McPartland

This is a wonderful introduction to the jazz piano genius of the late Teddy Wilson. This is conversation and music as heard on National Public Radio on November 5, 1978. Filled with musical insights and clarity, this is a CD to treasure and enjoy. This is a fine reference to have on hand for future listening.

Teddy Wilson's unique jazz piano techniques continue to impress and influence many contemporary jazz musicians. Teddy Wilson was the definitive swing-era pianist. In this CD, he joins jazz pianist Marian McPartland.

There are sixteen tracks on this CD. In addition to the conversation tracks, there is much music. Among the songs featured for performance are "Stompin' At The Savoy," "Medleys," "I'll Remember April," "Marian's Motif," "Traumerie," "Moonglow," and "Flying Home."

The excellence of Teddy Wilson as a pianist is readily seen in this collection. In one of the medley sections, Wilson gives a memorable showcase performance with the Duke Ellington/Irving Mills/Mitchell Parish "Sophisticated Lady," and also with the Billy Strayhorn "Lush Life." These two performances alone will give the newcomer to Wilson's style enjoyable food for thought!

This CD collection is highly recommended. As a revealing look at Teddy Wilson's style as a pianist and his thoughts, it is without doubt both accurate and right on target.

Listeners will be delighted with the intimate sparkle and verve found in Teddy Wilson's performance of "Traumerie" written by classical composer Robert Schumann. Every performance is a gem in this fine collection.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Teddy Wilson / Marian McPartland
  • CD Title: Piano Jazz: McPartland and Wilson
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 2005
  • Record Label: Concord
  • Musicians: Teddy Wilson, piano. Marian McPartland, piano.
  • Rating: Five Stars
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