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Bill Evans: Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz Radio Broadcast

Since Marian McPartland taped her first Peabody Award-winning Piano Jazz radio program nearly 25 years ago, she’s hosted just about every important pianist in the business, as well as some, like the late singer Carmen McRae, for whom the piano was a secondary medium. Ideal for the role, McPartland is able to elicit insights into her guests’ personalities and their music that cannot be found elsewhere. These four segments-two previously issued on CD and two new releases-make a valuable contribution to our understanding of the work of four extraordinary musicians.

Bill Evans and Oscar Peterson prove to be excellent interviewees, eager to discuss their influences, technical and theoretical aspects of their playing and the development of their styles, as well as just to chat about events in their lives. Chick Corea is cordial and forthcoming on his third visit to the program. And the often irascible McRae appears to be having great fun talking, singing and dueting with her host.

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