When Bud Met Marian

For the next few days—at least—Rifftides will be in semi-suspension while I face down a couple of deadlines. I should be able to tell you sometime next week about the more urgent one. In the meantime, the staff will continue to monitor and post your comments. When possible, I will contribute a tidbit or two, starting now.

Early this month, Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz rebroadcast her 2006 program with Bud Shank (1926-2009). She kept marveling that the two had never before met, and they had a fine chat about his days with Charlie Barnet and Stan Kenton and his career as a saxophonist and flutist who transcended the “West Coast” label. Mostly, though, they made music. Shank brought bassist Martin Wind and drummer Tim Horner. The impromptu Shank-McPartland quartet played “Alone Together,” “Beautiful Love,” “Lover Man” and other good tunes, including “Emily” as a fast waltz. There are plenty of reminders of what a good accompanist McP is. If you missed the program or wish to hear it again, go here and click on “Listen Now.”

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  1. Carlita Kaunda says

    Thank you for the reminder of this episode. Although I buy whatever in the series shows up in my local shop, I was unfamiliar with this.

    My favourite? With Bill Evans.

    • Alan says

      Mine too! They were both enjoying themselves and having a great time. Bill’s playing was absolutely incredible! I’ve listened to this episode often and it still gives me goosebumps! I’ve read that Bill often said how much he enjoyed this session with Marian.

  2. says

    I have listened to the whole broadcast, and I loved it. It’s amazing how Marian plays at her age. Perfectly modern, though warm and soulful. She has the right feeling for the music because she really listens.