Marian McPartland: Threnody


Threnody (A Lament)



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

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Marian McPartland (piano),

Bill Douglass (bass), Omar Clay (drums)


Composed by Marian McPartland


Recorded: San Francisco. January 17-18 1994


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

True, she blazes bebop and swings steadier than Big Ben, but when Marian McPartland enfolds her hands around a ballad she molds it into an intricately carved and exquisite sonic sculpture, especially when it's her own piece. This crystalline composition is Marianís portrait of Mary Lou Williams, and her profound goodbye to her jazz comrade. She distinctly refers to Mary Lou in the modernistic melody and the voluptuous chords. The graceful power of Marianís playing is translucent in this waltz of mourning. Bill and Omar intuitively create a spacious environment for three of her most intimate and potent musical moments.

Reviewer: Marissa Dodge


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