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Mary Lou Williams - Mary Lou's Mass flac album
Mary Lou's Mass
Bop, Post Bop, Soul-Jazz
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The long-awaited reissue of Mary Lou Williams's magnum opus of religious jazz: Mary Lou's Mass. Newsweek called the score "an encyclopedia of black music, richly represented from spirituals to bop to rock. This is Williams's "Music for Peace," a landmark recording which addressed many of the social ills of the 1960s and 70s. It is perhaps the most openly religious jazz recording made at that time. In her own words, it is "Music for the Soul. released February 22, 2005. 2005, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Learn more: folkways.

Complete your Mary Lou Williams collection.

John Williams had departed her to start a catering business with Kirk's wife Mary, their musician Dick Wilson died and Mary Lou left the Andy Kirk band to return, once again, to Pittsburgh. Here she formed a combo with Harold Baker that included Art Blakey and Orlando Wright. However, Baker was soon poached by Duke Ellington and, by the time Williams' band reached New York, she realised how much she missed him.

Mary Lou Williams: все альбомы, включая Signs Of The Zodiac Vol. 2, Signs Of The Zodiac Vol. 1, 1945-1947 и другие.

Mary Lou Williams, 1936-1953 First Lady of Piano with Edmund Hall, Don Byas, Coleman Hawkins, Bill Coleman, Kenny Dorham, Andy Kirk and his Clouds of Joy. Giants of Jazz, LPJT 20 (Milan, Italy). The Mary Lou Williams Trio, 1944, Roll 'Em, March 7, 1944 Audiophile Records, AP-8. Folkways Records, FA 2966 (2 LP box set). Mary Lou's Mass, 1970 & 1972 Mary Records, M 102. From The Heart, Mary Lou Williams - Solo Pianist, 1971 Chiaroscuro Records, Jazz Piano Masters Series, CR 103. Zoning - Mary Lou Williams, 1974 Mary Records, M 103. Free Spirits, Mary Lou Williams Trio, July 8, 1975 Inner City Records, IC 2043 SteepleChase Records, SCS-1043 (Copenhagen, Denmark). Live at the Cookery, November, 1975 Chiaroscuro Records, CR 146.

Pianist/composer Mary Lou Williams' Mass is almost inevitably going to be principally intriguing to two groups of buffs - jazz historians, and scholars of African-American Catholicism. But if you can get past the rather stiff and worthy God feeling of some of the choruses, this warrants more than mere academic interest. Williams was a brilliant player and an original composer and arranger who gave the 1930s Andy Kirk swing band their distinctive sound.

Mary Lou Williams: Mary Lou’s Mass. June 12 2005, 1:00am, The Sunday Times. While Coltrane channelled his spiritual yearnings into A Love Supreme, the pianist Mary Lou Williams chose a more conventional, though no less ambitious, vehicle to express her faith. After an emotional crisis in the 1950s, she was baptised as a Catholic and briefly dropped out of music to work in drug rehabilitation. Like Ellington's Sacred Suites, her Mass, devised as a collaboration with the choreographer Alvin Ailey, is sometimes ungainly in its combination of words and music, but passages such.

More By Mary Lou Williams. See All. Zodiac Suite. Jazz In Paris, Vol. 14: I Made You Love Paris. Story of Mary Lou Williams. Love & Death.

Mary Lou Williams (1910-1981)-pianist, composer, arranger and teacher-was not only the First Lady of jazz; she has a place at the very top echelon of the jazz pantheon. Among her few peers in the over half- century she was active were Duke Ellington, Benny Carter and Sonny Blount aka Sun Ra, all musicians, composers and arrangers who successfully remained contemporary through vast stylistic shifts in the history of jazz, from before swing until well after bebop. In the '50s she had a spiritual crisis that led her to abandon music for about three years; she became a Roman Catholic. From that point she devoted most of her career to spiritual music, much of it (unlike Ellington's ecumenical "Sacred Concerts, which would not sound out-of-place in today's feel-good mega-churches) written for the specific, Eucharistic liturgy of the Catholic mass.

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A1 Praise The Lord 2:07
A2 Old Time Spiritual 1:10
A3 The Lord Says 1:51
A4 Act Of Contrition 1:26
A5 Kyrie - Lord Have Mercy
Written-By – M.L. Williams*, R. Ledogar*
A6 Gloria 1:42
A7 In His Day 0:52
A8 Lazarus
Written-By – M.L. Williams*, S. Henry*
A9 Credo
Written By – E. FlanaganWritten-By – M.L. Williams*
A10 Medi I 3:58
B1 Holy, Holy, Holy 2:17
B2 Our Father 2:07
B3 Lamb Of God 3:23
B4 People In Trouble 3:16
B5 One
Written-By – Leon Thomas
B6 Praise The Lord (Come Holy Spirit) 3:52


  • Arranged By, Producer, Written-By – Mary Lou Williams
  • Bass – Carline Ray (tracks: A6-A9, B2, B5), Chris White (tracks: A1, A3, A5, B1, B4), Milton Suggs (tracks: A2, A4, A10, B3, B6)
  • Conductor – Howard Roberts (tracks: B3, B6)
  • Congas – Abdul Rahman (tracks: A1, A3, A5, B1, B4), Ralph MacDonald (tracks: A2, A10, B6)
  • Cover, Design – Berit De Koenigswarter
  • Drums – Al Harewood (tracks: A6-A7, A9, B2, B5), David Parker (tracks: A1-A3, A5, A10, B1, B4, B6)
  • Flute – David Amram (tracks: B5), Roger Glenn (tracks: A1-A3, A5, A10, B1, B3-B4)
  • French Horn – David Amram (tracks: A6-A7, A9, B2), Julius Watkins (tracks: B6)
  • Guitar – Leon Atkinson (tracks: A6, A8-A9, B5-B6), Sonny Henry (tracks: A1, A3, A5, B1, B4)
  • Piano – Mary Lou Williams (tracks: A1-A10, B1-B6)
  • Producer – Peter O'Brien
  • Vocals – Carl Hall (tracks: A1, A3, A5, B4), Carline Ray (tracks: A6-A9, B1, B5), Christine Spencer (tracks: A6-A7, A9, B1-B2, B5), Eileen Gilbert (tracks: A6-A7, A9, B1-B2, B5), Honi Gordon (tracks: A4), James Bailey (tracks: A1, A3, A5, B1, B4), Milton Grayson (tracks: A1, A5, B1, B4), Randy Peyton (tracks: A6, A9, B2, B5)
  • Vocals [Screams] – Honi Gordon (tracks: B3)
  • Vocals [Solo] – Carl Hall (tracks: A5, A7, B1, B4), Carline Ray (tracks: A8), Honi Gordon (tracks: B3), Milton Grayson (tracks: A3), Peter Whitehead (tracks: B6), Randy Peyton (tracks: A7, B1)


Tracks A2, A4, A10, B3, B6 recorded January 1972 - never before issued on records.

All other titles recorded early 1970 - formerly issued by Mary Records as Music For Peace

Entier album remixed and remastered at Media Sound, NYC 1975

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
M 102 Mary Lou Williams Mary Lou's Mass ‎(LP, Album) Mary Records M 102 US 1975
SFW CD 40815 Mary Lou Williams Mary Lou's Mass ‎(CD, Album, RE) Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40815 US 2005