Super-rare and highly sought-after classic modal jazz album finally reissued!
Mary Lou Williams is a criminally overlooked jazz pianist who played through many decades from the 1940s onwards, observing and participating in all the key developments in the artform over this period - mastering blues, boogie woogie, stride, swing, be-bop, modal, and deep jazz styles - check out our other Mary Lou Williams CDs to see what we mean! Given the relatively small number of female jazz musicians, this in itself should have been enough to secure Mary Lou William's place in history, but a fortiori, Mary Lou Williams was a top flight player and a key (although sadly overlooked) innovator in not just one, but several of the stylistic periods in her rich career.
This album is certainly our favourite Mary Lou Williams album, coming as it does at the peak of one of her most interesting periods - the sixties: to listen to her personal take on the deep, spiritual, modal turn which jazz took through these years is to experience something truly moving and unique!
Mary Lou Williams, the "First Lady of Jazz," was an extraordinary pianist, composer, arranger: her complex harmonies and brilliant phrasing, rooted in spirituals and blues, border on the avant-garde. Indeed, like that other classic of spiritual jazz A Love Supreme, Black Christ of the Andes is both a powerful secular statement and a call to the divine. Duke Ellington said, "[She was] beyond category—a pianist who sums up in herself the full essence of jazz and expresses it with skill and perception that few other jazz musicians have even approached."
So why is she so overlooked? Because she was a woman? Because many of her records came out on little labels rather than the 'big' jazz labels like Blue Note or Prestige? Please buy this CD and tell your friends about her fantastic playing to help spread the word!
Originally issued in 1964, this CD contains an additional 4 unreleased tracks, new extensive liner notes, and historic photos.