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85 Candles - Live in New York
Marian McPartland & Friends
85 Candles - Live in New York
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
 
  •  Track Listings (11) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (11) - Disc #2

This 2-CD set comes from Marian McPartland?s 85th Birthday celebration held on March 23, 2003 at New York?s Birdland, an event that also marked the 25th anniversary of her NPR show Piano Jazz. McPartland has been an enthus...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Marian McPartland & Friends
Title: 85 Candles - Live in New York
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Concord Records
Release Date: 3/15/2005
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Swing Jazz, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 013431221821

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This 2-CD set comes from Marian McPartland?s 85th Birthday celebration held on March 23, 2003 at New York?s Birdland, an event that also marked the 25th anniversary of her NPR show Piano Jazz. McPartland has been an enthusiastic champion of jazz as well as a superb pianist, and the high esteem in which she?s held shows through in the guest list. There?s a brilliant sextet with Phil Woods and Dave Douglas, while Regina Carter and Jim Hall together generate all the momentum of the swing era. Norah Jones and Karin Allyson are among the singers who join McPartland for ballads and buoyant up-tempos, while the trumpeters include Clark Terry, Jon Faddis and Roy Hargrove. The piano, though, gets special attention. In the enduring spirit of Piano Jazz, McPartland duets with Billy Taylor and impresario George Wein from her own generation and takes an exploratory approach to "Summertime" with the young Jason Moran. Bill Charlap adding a compelling solo medley. A fitting tribute to McPartland, this set celebrates both the breadth and depth of the current jazz mainstream. --Stuart Broomer

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Trumpet Triumvirate: Passing the Torch
Samuel Chell | Kenosha,, WI United States | 05/29/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"As might be expected, this is a quite uneven collection, capturing the festive occasion that was Marian's 85th birthday party. There are no truly "low" points but a few that are inessential. Norah Jones reprises Hoagy Carmichael's "The Nearness of You," the single standard from her gold record "Come Away with Me" (Karrin Allyson, despite having vocal difficulties on this date, proves more engaging with her reading of Marian's "Twilight World"). Both Marian and the great (always underrated) Billy Taylor have some memory lapses and moments of indecision but cover well (nevertheless, pianist Bill Charlap proves to be critical to the evening's musical success).

Phil Woods is predictably masterful on each of his turns, especially on Harold Arlen's "Last Night When We Were Young." Tenor saxophonists Ravi Coltrane and Loren Schoenberg contribute effective solos, though the standout is Chris Potter, who combines the motivic development of a Sonny Rollins with the smooth, assured virtuosity of a Sonny Stitt (I doubt he could be upstaged by any current tenor player--Branford, Josh, Lovano, Brecker, Liebman, Alexander, etc.).

The most revelatory moments of the event come with the contributions of the trumpet stars, each providing a distinctive approach reflecting the influence of a different predecessor. Dave Douglas is clearly the musical child of Miles Davis, capturing the tone quality, extrovertish sound, adventurous note choices, and bi-tonal scales that characterized Miles' playing 1960-1967; Roy Hargrove is the direct heir of Clifford Brown's inspired lyricism and unforced drama; Jon Faddis goes for the stratosphere, conjuring up the spirit of mentor Dizzy Gillespie during the late forties and early fifties, when Diz was at his pyrotechnical best. Finally, Clark Terry is still Clark Terry, sounding almost as proficient on this occasion as he does on the 1969 White House 70th birthday party for Duke Ellington (Jim Hall and Billy Taylor were also musical guests at both celebrations).

There may have been 85 candles present, but together they produced a vital flame, a torch one can only be too happy to see passed on."
A variety of great talent
Timothy R. Sullivan | 01/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What a fine album, plenty of guest stars here but it is McPartland's steady, graceful, and understated piano playing which is the backbone of this album.

Many live albums suffer from bad production, this one doesn't. It captures the live feel, without overdoing the applause.

Marian's duet with Norah Jones on "The Nearness of You" might be worth the entire price of this album. It is spine-tingling good and makes one wonder why Jones is singing that average poppy music instead of venturing more into traditional jazz. She aces this tune in a big way.

The rest of it is great, too. Lots of fun, makes one wish they were at this grand celebration to honor a jazz master."