Mary Lou Williams (born Mary Elfrieda Scruggs; May 8, 1910 – May 28, 1981) was an American jazz pianist, arranger, and composer. She wrote hundreds of compositions and arrangements and recorded more than one hundred records (in 78, 45, and LP versions).
Mary Records was formed by Mary Lou Williams, the brilliant pianist and composer, in 1964. She established the company to record herself and her own music, and issued three major projects within a ten-year period. The Mary Lou Williams Foundation has revived Mary Records, 30 years later, to continue the Williams recorded legacy. Geri Allen, brilliant pianist and composer of today, has joined forces with Fr. Peter F. O'Brien, . the Executive Director of The Mary Lou Williams Foundation, in forming The Mary Lou Williams Collective. One of Williams' most exemplary compositions, THE ZODIAC SUITE, is the focus of this exceptional excursion into the wonders of Jazz trio.
track 02 from Mary Lou's album "Zodiac Suite", recorded in 1945. Mary Lou Williams (piano); Al Lucas (bass); Jack "The Bear" Parker (drums). About the album: As chronicled in the fascinating liner notes, the back-story adds texture and perspective to an intriguing series of interpretations of each sign of the zodiac. Williams launched the endeavor with a moody, melancholy play on her own sign, "Taurus," in 1944, followed by the thoughtful and graceful solo piece "Libra," which she dedicated to Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, and Thelonious Monk.
About Mary Lou Williams. Zodiac Suite: Revisited by Michael P. Gladstone. Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band. Memories of Mary Lou. Profiles. Mary Lou Williams: Jazz Healing. Morning Glory: A Biography of Mary Lou Williams. Mary Lou Williams Trio at Rick's Cafe Americain by Bob Jacobson. Mary Lou Williams, 1945-1947 by Bob Jacobson.
Album · 1945 · 17 Songs. More By Mary Lou Williams. The Art of Mary Lou Williams. Highway Jazz - Mary Lou Williams, Vol. 1. 1990.
The new CD from the Mary Lou Williams Collective is Zodiac Suite: Revisited. The trio, created by pianist Geri Allen, plays the tunes of Mary Lou Williams. Mary Lou Williams Collective: 'Zodiac Suite'.
Zodiac Suite: Revisited. Zodiac Suite: Revisited. CD - Mary Records 104). Knowing the history of groundbreaking jazz pianist Mary Lou Williams' legendary Suite (penned at various times throughout the 1940s) isn't essential to enjoying this new rendering by this quartet led by contemporary piano master Geri Allen (the group also features bassist Buster Williams, a frequent colleague of Williams, who died in 1981). But as chronicled in the fascinating liner notes, the back-story adds texture and perspective to an intriguing series of interpretations of each sign of the zodiac.
Mary Lou Williams - Zodiac Suite/17 - Aquarius. Mary Lou Williams - Zodiac Suite/02 - Taurus. Mary Lou Williams - Zodiac Suite/03 - Gemini. Mary Lou Williams - Zodiac Suite/11 - Aquarius. Mary Lou Williams - Zodiac Suite/16 - Scorpio. Mary Lou Williams - Zodiac Suite/01 - Aries. Mary Lou Williams - Zodiac Suite/09 - Sagittarius. Mary Lou Williams - Zodiac Suite/13 - Aries. Mary Lou Williams - Zodiac Suite/Mary Lou Williams - Zodiac Suite.
|SF CD 40810||Mary Lou Williams||Zodiac Suite (CD)||Smithsonian Folkways||SF CD 40810||US||1995|