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Mary Osborne & Marian McPartl& - Now's The Time (1977)

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Mary Osborne & Marian McPartl& - Now's The Time (1977)

Mary Osborne & Marian McPartl& - Now's The Time (1977)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 8 Tracks | 39:47 | 92,6 MB
Genre: Jazz | Label: Halcyon Records

"On this release from Marian McPartl&'s Halcyon label, the veteran pianist heads a straightahead all-female quintet that also features the excellent guitarist Mary Osborne, altoist Vi Redd, bassist Lynn Milano & drummer Dottie Dodgion. For the live performance they play eight familiar st&ards including "Now's the Time," "In a Mellotone," "I'll Remember April" & "But Beautiful." This hard-to-find LP is most valuable for its solos by Osborne & Redd who both made too few records through the years."

"Mary Osborne (1921 - 1992) began her musical career in Minot, North Dakota before she was 11 years old. In a few years she was doing radio work & soon was playing with some of the big b&s then playing in the upper Midwest. She met Charlie Christian in North Dakota & she was heavily influenced by his style. But, like most of the great players she also developed her own unique approach & sound.

In the late 1930's she moved east to Pittsburgh & later to New York. There her talents as a jazz player caught the ear of some of the jazz greats like Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie & Art Tatum all of whom used her as rhythm & solo guitarist in their b&s. In the period of 1945 - 1947 she made a number of recordings with several important jazz figures; Mercer Ellington, Mary Lou Williams, Coleman Hawkins, Stuff Smith & Meryl Booker.

During that same period she formed her own group, The Mary Osborne Trio in which she also supplied the vocal interest. Her trio made a series of successful public performances & recordings that were originally released on 78 RPM records. She later gave up the trio format to perform on her own at clubs & on TV where she played on the Arthur Godfrey & Ted Steele shows.

In the 1950's she recorded with Tyree Glenn & produced a long playing record under her own name, A Girl & Her Guitar.

In 1968 Mary Osborne moved to Bakersfield, California where she operated the Osborne Guitar Company & performed in local venues. In 1977 she made a recording with Marian McPartl& entitled Now's The Time with a lineup of some of the best women jazz musicians of the day. In 1982 Stash records released Now & Then which included new material & material from A Girl & Her Guitar.

Mary Osborne died in Bakersfield, California in 1992."


01. Now's The Time 6:02
02. Sophisticated Lady 3:10
03. In A Mellotone 6:00
04. Laura 3:44
05. I'll Remember April 6:57
06. What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life? 4:05
07. Straight, No Chaser 4:15
08. But Beautiful 5:01


Marian McPartl& - piano
Mary Osborne - guitar
Lynn Milano - bass
Dottie Dodgion - drums
Vi Redd - tenor sax
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