This is the conversation and music as heard on National Public Radio recorded on May 6, 2003 with McPartland and Costello. Well-worth your listening time, it is a remarkable document of conversation and music which will have a wide appeal to the jazz listening audience.
The conversation is lively. The music is unique on the seventeen tracks on the CD.
Among the songs are "At Last," a memorable singing performance by Elvis Costello of "My Funny Valentine," "Amost Blue," "The Very Thought Of You," "Gloomy Sunday," "You Don't Know What Love Is," "They Didn't Believe Me," and "I'm In The Mood Again." The songs reflect the artists at their best, and each one shows a special side of the artist. Many listeners will also recall Costello's excellent vocal performance in the recent Cole Porter movie biography.
McPartland and Costello fans will love this recording. McPartland has been hosting the Piano Jazz series for a long time, and during that time we have been blessed with some fine talent from the jazz world. The conversations are always surprising in their candor and wit, and it is enjoyable in these many instances to listen to the insights about life and jazz shared by the performers.
This is an interesting look at two interesting performers. Highly enjoyable!