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Mary Lou Williams

4 July -4032 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan 1964
  • Label: Folkways Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1964 Folkways Records
  • Total Length: 39:32
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  • ASIN: B001GYRFS4
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 477,862 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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After hearing this record reviewed on the Humphrey Littleton Jazz shoe on radio two in the the 60's (Anyone remember that show?) I bought it and played it constantly and have been a fan of the late Mary Lou ever since. It was getting a bit worn with use and then my teenage daughter discovered it and "borrowed" it and when I eventually got it back it was well and truly worn out. Over the years I have tried to replace it without success and it was only by chance I checked on Amazon recently and found it had been resurrected on CD. It has been reproduced with extra tracks one or two of which were not really necessary but otherwise is still as good as the original and well worth buying if your into Mary Lou Williams type of piano Jazz
I will ever be grateful for the people who have reproduced this record on CD.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
jazzmind 17 July 2005
By Scot Danforth - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Duke Ellington famously said that if music sounds good, it is good. Ellington had little interest in dividing jazz from other forms of music, and his heir in this regard was Mary Lou Williams. In her later career, she was determined to show that jazz, gospel, blues, boogie-woogie, and so on can all have common roots. This recording is a concept album for this thesis--and it is brilliant. She is also Ellington's heir at the keyboard: never overplaying, always aware of underlying harmonic structure, she swings like the devil. Even simple material, like her version of "It Ain't Necessarily So" here, gets a new Williams meter (6/8, rather than 4/4) and becomes uniquely her own. Let Mary Lou's synthesis grow on you--you just might find religion!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Swingin' stuff from Mary Lou 20 July 2003
By Candace Scott - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I first heard Mary Lou Williams when she did a guest spot in 1978 during Benny Goodman's 40th anniversary concert at Carnegie Hall. Her version of Roll 'Em (which she also wrote) was an incredible highlight of that evening. Since then I have purchased many of Williams' records and this is perhaps her best. She always sounded better live and her swingin' style was best showcased in front of a live audience. It's impossible to listen to her play and sit still. Just try it... it's not something the average person could do without going stark ravin' mad.
The versions here of such standards as Stormy Weather and St. Louis Blues have power, style and swing. Mary Lou's incredible jazz virtuosity at the piano is a total delight. Her thumping style will set toes tapping for as long as these discs keep spinning. The only clunker in the bunch is an uptempo version of Surrey with the Fringe On Top, a very curious selection for a jazz artist to choose. But aside from this small complaint, the rest of the album shines. Highly recommended addition to your jazz collection.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Excellent! 24 Dec 2002
By Cathy Austin - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is a great recording and a welcome surprise for me in 2002! Mary goes through the whole history of jazz in 13 tunes. You can hear spirituals, ragtime, Kansas City Swing and bop. If you want to know what swing is all about just listen to this recording. It's almost impossible to keep your head from swinging and bopping. I enjoyed her beautiful rendition of "It Ain't Necessarily So", a slow tune where you can really feel the blues. Her playing of "St. Louis Blues" is well worth the price of the CD, she tears the piano up. I wish I was there back in 1977.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The Piano Mother 22 Feb 2006
By T. Bekken - Published on
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I bought this cd because I already had an old LP version of Williams' solo recital from the Montreux Jazz Festival, 1978. This recording is even better, with Ms Williams working up a piano trio frenzy on blues, boogie woogie and standards, as well as some of her own tunes. The material is excellent, and the performance is tight, swinging, harmonically complex, and the whole thing maintains an incredible down-home feeling. Hearing this live recording makes me wish that I had been there myself...or that I had an extra grandmother this hip.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Only real flaw is that I wish there were more tracks... 30 Nov 2011
By William E. Adams - Published on
Format: Audio CD
As a casual jazz fan for 50 years, of course I knew the names of Williams and Lewis, but other than a stray track here and there on a compilation CD, I was unfamiliar with their artistry. This 11-song collection (five by Mary Lou and six-piece orchestra) is very pleasant. The liner notes are inadequate, even confusing, and the current retail price perhaps a bit too much for the casual fan, but the musical product is wonderful to have, and will get repeat play as I drive around, since 90 percent of my listening time comes when in my car alone.
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