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On 52nd Street

Marian McPartlandAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (March 14, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Savoy Jazz
  • ASIN: B00004R8S4
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,135 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Marian McPartland, an amazingly spry and modern musician whose jazz career has spanned decades, is the grande dame of jazz piano. Host of the superb National Public Radio show Piano Jazz, McPartland can play. This Savoy reissue takes us back to her early days in the U.S., when the English-born lass led a trio in the early- to mid-1950s at the Hickory House restaurant on New York's famed 52nd Street. The pianist is accompanied on mostly "live" takes from late 1953 at the Hickory by drummer Joe Morello, who would later gain renown working for Dave Brubeck, and bassists Vinnie Burke and Bob Carter. McPartland shows the roots of her suave, sophisticated style, which drew on such influences as George Shearing and Bud Powell. She keeps the melody in the forefront during her fluid-lined improvisations, and she reveals both a keen, often robust swing feel and acute expertise at lovely passages built on two-hand chords. On "Just Squeeze Me," in particular, all these attributes are in action. Here, McPartland moves the music along with attractive phrases replete with well-chosen notes, climaxing the version with a stream of gliding block chords. More lush chordal melody is heard on "Embraceable You" and "September Song," while the spirited "Four Brothers" finds McPartland delivering her juicy ideas with a crisp attack. "Willow Weep for Me" has an appropriate bluesiness, as does the ambling "Aunt Hagar's Blues." "Once in a While" and "Liza" are among the others that make this set a winner. --Zan Stewart

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable CD from start to finish! June 2, 2000
Format:Audio CD
What a wonderful surprise! Though this was recorded (mostly) live in the early 50's, the sound is very good.
McPartland mentions she would listen to everyone she could, such as "Duke and Basie and Bud Powell". Also mentions Brubeck, Shearing and Peterson. While she definately has her own style, you can here the influences of those she was listening to.
To give a couple of examples, "Liza" features a light, fast running style reminiscent of Oscar Peterson while "What is this thing called love?" sounds a lot like the Brubek trio featuring Brubek, Tjader and Crotty (what a wonderful trio that was!).
Two things I liked a lot about the CD were: 1) I knew almost all of the songs 2) She displayed a wonderful variety in the way the songs were played.
Elaborating a bit on the second point, McParland can play a very pleasing lyrical style, a "thick style" with blocked chords and complicated harmonies (like Shearing), a walking base/swinging style, as well as the styles mentioned above, and others as well. Evidently she was a very good listener and always interested in searching new paths. This CD was very enjoyable to listen to from start to finish.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An ideal example of Marian's early style March 18, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
This new release features the best recordings I've heard of Marian McPartland during her long residence at the Hickory House on West 52nd Street in New York City in the 1950s. While recorded in 1953 and before the arrival of bassist Bill Crow, the record does feature drummer Joe Morello. Both Crow and Morello appear on the 1999 Concord CD, "Reprise: Marian McPartland's Hickory House Trio."
The disk features 12 tunes recorded live at the Hickory House and in outstanding mono sound for 1953. The repertoire is almost entirely familiar standards, though she opts for two less obvious choices: "Aunt Hagar's Blues" and "Four Brothers." The sound mix reveals that Marian's tone and sense of harmony were already well developed. The disk concludes with five standards recorded in a New York studio during the same year and they push the running time to just about an hour. While the studio material is fine, I think the interest will be primarily in the live recordings.
The accompanying booklet features an essay by veteran jazz writer Bob Blumenthal that included an incisive recent interview with Marian and some vintage photos of the players during this period.
In short, this package is a better choice than the Savoy disk "In Concert" and the import London House disk if you want to hear what Marian McPartland's playing sounded like in the 1950s.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just wonderful April 30, 2000
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I've been a Marian McPartland fan for years because of Piano Jazz on NPR. I always wanted a Marian-only album. This one is just plain wonderful. It's romantic, it swings, it soars. Great for driving, great for listening after dinner, great for a party. Because of this album, I followed up with the Marian/Bill Evans CD which I would also recommend to anyone who likes those artists.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Show Stopper July 13, 2001
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This is one of the most enjoyable CDs I have listened to in a long time. Marian McPartland really cooks on this album. I highly recommend this recording.
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