85 Candles: Live in New York

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
It’s not every jazz performer who could draw the likes of Norah Jones, Phil Woods, Dave Douglas, and Ravi Coltrane to her birthday party, but Marian McPartland is among the rarest of musicians and musical personalities. For her 85th birthday, this accomplished pianist, bandleader, author, and longtime radio host was joined by a wide roster of acclaimed players and singers for a gala night at New York’s Birdland club. The recorded results document a rollicking good time, as differing generations of jazz musicians mix it up in high fashion, united by their appreciation for the grande dame. For her part, McPartland is playing as well as ever, which is saying much. Her ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
It’s not every jazz performer who could draw the likes of Norah Jones, Phil Woods, Dave Douglas, and Ravi Coltrane to her birthday party, but Marian McPartland is among the rarest of musicians and musical personalities. For her 85th birthday, this accomplished pianist, bandleader, author, and longtime radio host was joined by a wide roster of acclaimed players and singers for a gala night at New York’s Birdland club. The recorded results document a rollicking good time, as differing generations of jazz musicians mix it up in high fashion, united by their appreciation for the grande dame. For her part, McPartland is playing as well as ever, which is saying much. Her still suave and inventive piano work inspires the guests, who turn in exemplary performances, notable among them Coltrane, trumpeter Roy Hargrove, and guitarist Jim Hall. But on the whole, there are no weak moments here. Exuberance and good vibes exude throughout the recording; here’s hoping that McPartland has plenty of these jazz shindigs left in her.
All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Marian McPartland celebrated her 85th birthday in style by hosting a lively session at Birdland with many guests both young and old who have appeared on her long-running NPR series. Whether she's a part of the audience or on-stage jamming with her friends, it's apparent that everyone in the club is having a blast. The romp through "I Love You" features potent solos by Phil Woods, Dave Douglas, Ravi Coltrane, and McPartland. Woods captivates the audience with his impressive solo introduction to singer Karrin Allyson, and captures the essence of the pianist's gorgeous "Twilight World" in a duet with its composer. Norah Jones is at her very best with the pianist interpreting timeless ballads like "The Nearness of You" and "September Song." McPartland displays her adventurous side with an intriguing improvised duet with guitarist Jim Hall whose touch on his instrument is every bit as identifiable as his musical partner's is on hers. She is joined by Jason Moran for an unusually intriguing take of "Summertime." Roy Hargrove shines in a duet with McPartland on "My Foolish Heart." Flügelhornist Clark Terry takes solo honors in "Lester Leaps In," though Billy Taylor gives him a run for his money. Bill Charlap jokingly attempts to steal the show by sneaking in McPartland's "Kaleidoscope" also known as "Theme from Piano Jazz" into the tail end of a solo medley. But the camaraderie among the musicians means no one is attempting to hog the spotlight; then again, no one has the need to do so. Bassist Gary Mazzaroppi and drummer Glenn Davis provide a solid rhythm section whenever one is needed, though Bill Crow takes over for "Tangerine." Excerpts from what was likely a very long party were broadcast in a two-hour special by NPR. Seven tracks omitted from the program are present on this valuable two-CD set, though three songs recorded that evening and aired were excluded. It would not be surprising to learn that enough music was taped to produce a follow up two-CD set from this very special birthday celebration.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/15/2005
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431221821
  • Catalog Number: 22218
  • Sales rank: 53,332

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marian McPartland Primary Artist, Piano
Barbara Carroll Piano, Vocals
Jon Faddis Trumpet
Jim Hall Guitar
Roy Hargrove Flugelhorn
Loren Schoenberg Tenor Saxophone
James Williams Piano
George Wein Piano
Nnenna Freelon Vocals
Jackie Cain Vocals
Curtis Stigers Vocals
Karrin Allyson Vocals
Regina Carter Violin
Bill Charlap Piano
Clark Terry Flugelhorn
Bill Crow Bass
Glenn Davis Drums
Dave Douglas Trumpet
Jackie King Guitar
Gary Mazzaroppi Bass, Bass Guitar
Chris Potter Tenor Saxophone
Billy Taylor Piano
Phil Woods Alto Saxophone
Ravi Coltrane Tenor Saxophone
Murray Horwitz Master of Ceremonies
Jason Moran Piano
Norah Jones Vocals
James Kimo Williams Piano
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Frankie Laine Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Eubie Blake Composer
Miles Davis Composer
Jim Hall Composer
Dick Hyman Composer
Lester Young Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Alec Wilder Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
John Burk Executive Producer
Duke Ellington Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Otto Harbach Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
George Horn Mastering
Marian McPartland Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Nick Phillips Producer, Audio Production
Cole Porter Composer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Billy Taylor Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Victor Young Composer
Shari Hutchinson Producer
Dan Ouellette Liner Notes
Abbey Anna Art Direction
William Engvick Composer
DuBose Heyward Composer
Morty Palitz Composer
Victor Schertzinger Composer
Clarence Gaskill Composer
Jeeun Lee Illustrations
Duke Markos Engineer
John Schreiber Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Marian Mcpartland is a treasure

    I bought this cd 4 days after it came out, and i dont know why i waited so long. some of these tracks are just outstanding. ravi coletrane smokes on two numbers, and marian's playing through out is beautiful as ever.

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