Shall We Play That One Together?

Shall We Play That One Together?

The Life and Art of Jazz Piano Legend Marian McPartland

Book - 2012
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Born in the UK as Margaret Marian Turner, she was trained in classical piano, yet was passionately attracted to jazz. During World War II she met jazz trumpeter Jimmy McPartland, protege of Biederbecke, married him, and together they made jazz history.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312558031
Characteristics: ix, 484 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.


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Aug 27, 2013

To begin with, De Barros writes like a newspaperman, which he is, which is to say this book reads like "copy." The prose has no flair, no angularity, no real snap; it's as dull and untouched by human thought as anything in the Seattle Times. Worse still, De Barros' reportage consists primarily of gossip, of squabbles and admissions that would have been better left undocumented. I can't believe this is what McPartland wanted; I rather doubt she did.


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