Marian McPartland: Cloudy





Marian McPartland Plays The Music Of Mary Lou Williams (Concord Jazz CCD-4605)

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Marian McPartland (piano).

Composed by Mary Lou Williams


Recorded: San Francisco. January 17-18 1994


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Mary Lou Williams was a leading light through each epoch of jazz; her playing, composing, and arranging were equally luminous. Only Marian McPartland – another pianistic marvel, a Mary Lou Williams devotee, and friend – could create as soulful and sensitive a tribute to this aurora of jazz. Mary Lou’s atmospheric “Cloudy” is an elegant ballad, rich in chordal textures and intriguing passages. Marian’s deft solo piano work captures the verdant harmonic substratum of Mary Lou’s universe and presents us with a glimpse of a Planet in the jazz solar system that should be in our telescopes more often.

Reviewer: Marissa Dodge


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