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29 April 2010

Ray Charles On Piano Jazz (1990)

Ray and Marian.

On 9 January 1990 Ray Charles was a guest at Marian McPartland's famous NPR radio program Piano Jazz, taped at the Manhattan Beach Studios in New York. It was first broadcast on 6 April 1991, and it's a marvel - the virtuoso piano pieces are as interesting as the conversation is funny. During their conversation they played a few songs (Marian sometimes backing Ray on piano), and improvised some blues tunes together. Their script was:
  1. Conversation
  2. Georgia On My Mind 
  3. Conversation
  4. Summertime 
  5. Conversation 
  6. The Man I Love (with Marian McPartland)
  7. Conversation
  8. Willow Weep For Me (solo Marian McPartland)
  9. Conversation
  10. [Blues] (Charles, McPartland) / Things Ain't What They Used To Be
  11. Conversation
  12. Am I Blue
  13. Conversation 
  14. Portrait Of Ray Charles (solo Marian McPartland)
  15. Conversation
  16. Oh, What A Beautiful Morning
  17. Conversation
  18. Ray And Marian's Blues (Charles, McPartland) 
The NPR website offers a sequence of 10 odd minutes with Am I Blue (Ray backed by Marian), and Oh, What A Beautiful Morning.
The New York Public Library (Performing Arts Research Collections; (CStRLIN)NYPW87-A197) has stored a copy on CD.

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