All tracks performed, produced, recorded and mixed by Diana Robinson.
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Most people know Marian McPartland more from her many jazz recordings and her long-running Piano Jazz National Public Radio program than for her many compositions. Marian has collaborated with an astonishing catalog of lyricists including Loonis McGlohon, Irving Caesar, Peggy Lee and Johnny Mercer, to name a few. Her best-known tunes include "Twilight World" (lyrics by Johnny Mercer, sung by Tony Bennett) and "In the Days of Our Love" (lyrics by Peggy Lee, sung by Cleo Laine). Her composition, "Threnody," was written for pianist Mary Lou Williams.
Harmonically sophisticated, yet extremely moving, Marian's tunes provide a wide range of musical material for performers and arrangers. People have asked me why I have not included Marian's exquisite tune "Ambiance" in my CD. It is simply because Marian's own recordings of that tune will always be the definitive versions to me.
Diana's arrangements and performances were recorded on a Macintosh G5 using Cubase SX, MOTU 896HD, Stylus RMX, Fxpansion's BFD, Miroslav Philharmonic VST, Spectrasonics Trilogy, a Kurzweil K2000R and a Yamaha P120 keyboard controller.
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SPECIAL THANKS: To my brothers David Robinson and Bob Robinson, both incredible musicians in their own right. Thanks to my mother Joann Robinson, for the gift of music and those early years of piano lessons, and to my father, Robert Robinson, whose innovative style of piano improvisation has always astonished me. To my husband, Jack for all his love and support through it all.
Thanks to Guy Remonko who taught me how to listen to jazz trio recordings and in doing so taught me all about musical textures and arranging. Thanks to Ron Socciarelli for introducing me to Alec Wilder who led me to Marian all those years ago. Thanks to Marian for her friendship, support and encouragement for over 25 years.
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