The latest and certainly one of the best in the transcriptions of McPartland’s “Piano Jazz” radio series, this entertaining hour finds trumpeter Terry in estimable form as soloist, vocalist and raconteur. Reminiscing about his days with Duke Ellington, his invention of the hilarious “Mumbles” vocal styles and his work in jazz education, he fields questions from his ever-charming interviewer.
Terry solos, often with a mute, on several originals, such as “Michelle” (no relation to the Beatles tune), “The Simple Waltz” and “The Snapper.” McPartland, in addition to backing him, offers a piano solo, her own engaging “There’ll Be Other Times.”
Rounding out the hour are such standards as Eubie Blake’s “Memories of You” and Ellington’s “Come Sunday."(These award-winning programs deserve CD reissues in their entirety.)
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