Speaking of buried musical treasures, most of the tunes on pianist Roberta Piket’s sterling tribute album, One For Marian (Thirteenth Note Records), should be more familiar since the legendary Marian McPartland wrote many charming songs with delicate, memorable melodies. As a close friend of McPartland, Piket often commiserated with her over why her music wasn’t played more by other musicians, a situation the pianist intends to correct on this fulfilling record. Working with a sextet highlighted by saxophonists Steve Wilson and Virginia Mayhew, Piket’s arrangements expand essential McPartland tunes like  “Ambiance” and “In The Days of Our Love.” Enhanced by her soloists – the band brings both dignity and swing to the compositions – these songs have an ingrained elegance and allow for plenty of musical interplay and cool intensity. Piket’s solos have a warm melodic flow that connects with the sentiment at the core of McPartland’s music. She’s a gifted improviser, especially compelling on her two originals, and masterful bandleader — witness jazz singer Karrin Allyson, who delivers a knockout rendition of “Twilight Time.” “Kaleidoscope” is the closer and a lovely coda, recognizable as the theme music to McPartland’s public radio show, Piano Jazz. Along with One For Marian, it seems appropriate to recommend these recordings by Marian McPartland since all of them are superb – Twilight World (2008), Silent Pool (1997), Live At Shanghai Jazz (2002). (8 tracks; 45 minutes)

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