Wednesday, June 03, 2009

McCoy Tyner on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz - 1983

Originally recorded May 4, 1983. Originally broadcast Oct. 29, 1983.

This set is part of the long-running Piano Jazz series on NPR. The host, Marian McPartland, is something of a musical prodigy, having been playing piano since 1921 - when she was three years old! Here is NPR's description of the show:
"Since April 1979, legendary pianist Marian McPartland has welcomed a stellar line-up of jazz artists for one hour of conversation and improvisation on her Peabody Award-winning program. Each week, McPartland, with her engaging personality and improvisational savvy, hosts a variety of performers in her radio living room.

Piano Jazz is a forum for jazz legends and influential performers as well as up-and-coming talents. Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, Dave Brubeck, Diana Krall, Max Roach, Cassandra Wilson and Tony Bennett are among the over 500 guests who have joined McPartland to create dynamic duets and discuss their lives and music..."
The format includes Marian interviewing her guest, her guest performing, and Marian sitting in for a few numbers as well. I own two episodes, this one with McCoy and another with Alice Coltrane. As a performer McPartland was primarily a bebop player, she more than holds her own as an improviser on the two recordings I have heard...

In addition to conversation, the McCoy set includes these tracks:

* "The Greeting" (Tyner)
* "Prelude to a Kiss" (Ellington, Mills, Gordon)
* "Take the A Train" (Strayhorn)
* "Lazy Bird" (Coltrane)
* "Naima" (Coltrane)
* "Fly with the Wind" (Tyner)
* "Improvisation" (Tyner, McPartland)
* "Deep in a Dream" (Van Heusen, DeLange)
* "Passion Dance" (Tyner)

They rock out together on Passion Dance, in particular...

McCoy Tyner on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz - 1983