SCCD 31043 Free Spirits / Mary Lou Williams Trio
The First Lady of jazz, Mary Lou Williams (1910 – 1981) was the evolution of jazz itself. Starting her professional career as pianist/composer/arranger in the 20s, her style was swing but in the 40s she adopted the bop and later on she even ventured into the realm of avant-garde jazz. Yet she never lost her blues feeling which is evident in this CD.
She contributed compositions and arrangements for many famous big bands such as Andy Kirk, Benny Goodman, Earl Hines, Duke Ellington. In the late 60s and the 70s she was more focused on composing sacred music. And one of her jazz masses was choreographed by Alvin Ailey.
Around the time of this recording Mary Lou in her mid-60s was still active in the New York jazz scene performing regularly at the Cookery with the group recorded here. SteepleChase was proud to have the opportunity of recording one of the most significant artists of jazz of this century.
1. Dat dere (Bobby Timmons)
2. Baby man (John Stubblefield)
3. Baby man (John Stubblefield)
4. All blues (Miles Davis)
5. Temptation (Brown / Freed)
6. Pale blue (Buster Williams)
7. Free spirits (John Stubblefield)
8. Free spirits (John Stubblefield)
9. Blues for Timme (Mary Lou Williams)
10. Ode to Saint Cecilie (Mary Lou Williams)
11. Surrey with the fringe on top (Richard Rodgers)
12. Gloria (Mary Lou Williams)