Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz with Guest Elvis Costello

Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz with Guest Elvis Costello

by Marian McPartland
     
 
This is a straightforward CD release of a 2003 installment of Marian McPartland's long-running radio show Piano Jazz, in which each week she chats with a guest musician and accompanies them on the piano. For this episode, her guest happened to be Elvis Costello, and the former "angry young man" of the British new wave turns out to be a charming and articulate

Overview

This is a straightforward CD release of a 2003 installment of Marian McPartland's long-running radio show Piano Jazz, in which each week she chats with a guest musician and accompanies them on the piano. For this episode, her guest happened to be Elvis Costello, and the former "angry young man" of the British new wave turns out to be a charming and articulate subject, discussing his career in music, the influence of his parents on his music (his father was a singer and trumpeter), the fine art of songwriting, interpretive singing, and working with Chet Baker. Costello also sings eight songs -- two of his own tunes and six jazz standards -- and is in fine voice here, displaying his knack for what he likes to call "blue ballads" such as "Gloomy Sunday" and "You Don't Know What Love Is," while his vocals mesh nicely with McPartland's spacious piano work and Gary Mazzaroppi's bass. This release sounds just like what it is, an informal radio session with the songs bookend by chat, and folks who prefer Costello in rock mode would be best off passing this by. But those interested in his softer side, as well as a perspective on this love of different forms of music will find this worth a listen. McPartland's fans will similarly be taken with her easy rapport with her guest, as well as her subtle but compelling piano work.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/12/2005
Label:
Jazz Alliance
UPC:
0727489204926
catalogNumber:
12049
Rank:
98282

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marian McPartland   Primary Artist,Piano
Elvis Costello   Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Gary Mazzaroppi   Bass

Technical Credits

Elvis Costello   Composer
Ray Noble   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Marian McPartland   Liner Notes,Author
Nick Phillips   Executive Producer
Don Raye   Composer
Herbert Reynolds   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Shari Hutchinson   Producer
Abbey Anna   Art Direction
Ted Panken   Liner Notes
Andrea R. Nelson   Cover Design
Duke Markos   Engineer
Elaine Freeman   Executive Producer

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