An NPR Jazz Christmas with Marian McPartland and Friends, Vol. 3

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
During many of the individual recording sessions taped for Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, the host asks her guest to perform a favorite Christmas carol or seasonal song. This third volume, first aired in part during December 2006 with overdubbed spoken introductions by McPartland, is heard in expanded form with 59 minutes of music and no talk at all. Part of the fun in listening to the pianist's long-running NPR radio series is hearing favorite musicians, though she also has a knack for showcasing up-and-coming players and veteran performers who haven't gotten much attention from the jazz press. This edition, like the others, is full of warmth and a lot of great playing. ...
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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
During many of the individual recording sessions taped for Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, the host asks her guest to perform a favorite Christmas carol or seasonal song. This third volume, first aired in part during December 2006 with overdubbed spoken introductions by McPartland, is heard in expanded form with 59 minutes of music and no talk at all. Part of the fun in listening to the pianist's long-running NPR radio series is hearing favorite musicians, though she also has a knack for showcasing up-and-coming players and veteran performers who haven't gotten much attention from the jazz press. This edition, like the others, is full of warmth and a lot of great playing. The rising teenage guitarist Julian Lage who had worked with Gary Burton plays an intricate duet of "Christmas Time Is Here" with bassist Gary Mazzaroppi a frequent sideman with McPartland. Pianist Robin Meloy Goldsby, who comically described her long career as a hotel and bar pianist in a hilarious memoir Piano Girl, offers "Magic in the Night," an upbeat original written for her young daughter's Christmas pageant. Pianists Daniela Schächter, John Harmon, and Ayako Shirasaki are also talents deserving greater recognition based on their respective solo performances on this disc, as is vocalist Melissa Walker. McPartland has more surprises in store for her fans. Classical singer Renée Fleming joins her host for a poignant "What Child Is This?," while old friend Blossom Dearie sings in her little-girl voice and plays "Liz and Ralph and Calvin," which refers to several popular clothing designers favored by ladies as gifts for any occasion. Vocalist Sandy Stewart and her son, pianist Bill Charlap, likely make the first mother-and-son pairing to appear on McPartland's program, doing a warm rendition of "Let It Snow." Additional guests include Francesca Tanksley, Billy Childs, Michel Camilo, Mimi Fox, and Dena DeRose. McPartland is the featured artist in elegant solo treatments of "The Holly and the Ivy" and "O Little Town of Bethlehem." But there's also a bittersweet track, "A Child Is Born," beautifully sung by Susannah McCorkle with McPartland. A song written by Thad Jones, the lyrics were penned by Alec Wilder and almost immediately discarded as "not good enough." Fortunately, McPartland rescued them from the wastebasket and the vocal version has not only attracted singers but has been transformed into a Christmas song as well. Sadly, this 2001 recording is one of the last by McCorkle, who succumbed to a long battle with depression and committed suicide not long after this track was recorded; it probably represents her final performance. This rewarding Christmas collection is available for purchase through NPR's official website, and with the first two volumes in the series.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/2006
  • Label: NPR NATIONAL PUBLIC
  • UPC: 637402003829
  • Catalog Number: 38

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Let It Snow - Sandy Stewart (2:19)
  2. 2 Christmas Time Is Here (2:35)
  3. 3 The Holly and the Ivy (3:08)
  4. 4 A Child Is Born (2:41)
  5. 5 Magic in the Night (3:46)
  6. 6 I'll Be Home for Christmas - Daniela Schächter (3:33)
  7. 7 What Child Is This? (3:41)
  8. 8 Child of Light - John Harmon (2:45)
  9. 9 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (3:19)
  10. 10 Liz and Ralph and Calvin - Blossom Dearie (1:49)
  11. 11 Jesu Parvule - Billy Childs (3:49)
  12. 12 The Moon on Christmas Eve - Werner "Vana" Gierig (5:18)
  13. 13 Silent Night - Michel Camilo (3:01)
  14. 14 Sleigh Ride - Ayako Shirasaki (4:42)
  15. 15 Joy to the World (3:42)
  16. 16 O Little Town of Bethlehem (4:34)
  17. 17 The Christmas Song (4:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marian McPartland Primary Artist, Piano
Michel Camilo Piano
Blossom Dearie Piano, Vocals
Susannah McCorkle Vocals
Mimi Fox Electric Guitar
Bill Charlap Piano
Renée Fleming Vocals
Gary Mazzaroppi String Bass
Clarence Penn Drums
Dena DeRose Piano, Vocals
Melissa Walker Vocals
Francesca Tanksley Piano
Julian Lage Guitar
Sean Conly Bass
Billy Childs Trio Piano
Robin Meloy Goldsby Piano
Ayako Shirasaki Piano, Track Performer
Werner "Vana" Gierig Piano
Technical Credits
Leroy Anderson Composer
Vince Guaraldi Composer
Thad Jones Composer
Mel Tormé Composer
Alec Wilder Composer
John Wallowitch Composer
Franz Gruber Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Walter Kent Composer
Charlie Pilzer Mastering
Jule Styne Composer
Robert Wells Composer
Doug Wood Engineer
Lee Mendelson Composer
Peter Fessler Composer
Phillip Brooks Composer
Traditional Composer
John Harmon Composer
A. Burt Composer
Jeeun Lee Illustrations
Duke Markos Engineer
Robin Meloy Goldsby Composer
Elaine Freeman Series Executive Producer
Kathryn Williams Composer
Werner "Vana" Gierig Composer
Lewis Redner Composer
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