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Mary Lou Williams listening to a playback in 1946 in a photograph taken by the great Life magazine photographer W. Eugene Smith. Smith presented the print to Williams at The Cookery during one of her engagements in the 1970s. ©The Heirs of W. Eugene Smith
 
 


Smithsonian/Folkways reissue of Zoning, Williams' 1974 recording produced for Mary Records.
Mary Lou at the piano

New Title Added (click to view)

 

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MUSIC FOR PEACE
(Music for peace (Mary Records, unnumbered) Williams' third Mass composed 1967, 1969, 1970 at the behest and with a commission from the Pontifical Commission on Justice and Peace at the Vatican. All of this, same one title (O.W.), plus fire additional titles recorded in 1972, constitute Mary Lou's Mass. Mary records M102, released in 1975. (Currently unavailable.)


THE HISTORY OF JAZZ-MARY LOU WILLIAMS (Smithsonian/Folkways, F-2860). This 1970 recording features Williams narrating her interpretation of the history of jazz, with piano solo examples included to illustrate her points. (Inexpensive, custom-made copies of this recording on cassette or compact disc may be ordered directly from Smithsonian/Folkways by calling 800/410-9815.)

NITE LIFE (Chiaroscuro, CR(D) 103, 1998).
Reissue of 24 tracks of solo piano recorded in May, June and October 1971. Also features 32 minutes of Williams speaking about her early career.


NEWPORT IN NEW YORK '72: THE JAM SESSIONS, VOL. 2
(Repertoire, 4381-WZ, 1993).
Reissue of July 3, 1972 concert at Radio City Music Hall, featuring Williams with Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Milt Jackson, Max Roach, Kenny Burrell, and more.


BUDDY TATE AND HIS BUDDIES
(Chiaroscuro, CR(D) 123, 1994).
Reissue of five tracks recorded on June 1, 1973 with Tate, Mary Lou Williams, Roy Eldridge, Illinois Jacquet, Steve Jordan, Milt Hinton and Gus Johnson.


ZONING
(Smithsonian/Folkways, SF CD 40811, 1995).
Reissue of 13 tracks of 1974 recording originally issued on Mary Records. 13 tracks, featuring Williams with pianist Zita Carnow, bassists Milton Suggs and Bob Cranshaw, and Mickey Roker on drums.


FREE SPIRITS
(SteepleChase, SCCD 31043, 1987).
Reissue of 12 tracks with bassist Buster Williams and drummer Mickey Roker recorded on July 8, 1975.


MARY LOU WILIAMS LIVE AT THE COOKERY (Chiaroscuro, CR(D) 146, 1990).
Reissue of 12 tracks recorded at New York club, November 1975, with bassist Brian Torff.


EMBRACED
(Pablo, PACD 2620-108-2, 1995).
Reissue of 10 tracks from an April 17, 1977 Mary Lou Williams/Cecil Taylor recital at Carnegie Hall.

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MARY LOU WILIAMS: LIVE AT THE KEYSTONE KORNER (High Note #CD7097) recorded on May 8, 1977-her 67th birthday at the famed San Francisco Jazz Club with bassist Larry Gales and the drummer Eddie Marshall. Issued in very good sound July 2002.


Compiled by REV. PETER F. O'BRIEN, S.J.
Executive Director of Mary Lou Williams Foundation

 

  BENNY GOODMAN 40th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT
(London 820 349-2).
Two CD set of 40th anniversary concert at Carnegie Hall, recorded January 17, 1978. Williams joins other gusts and Goodman big band for reunion.


SOLO RECITAL
(Pablo/Original Jazz Classics, OJCCD 962-2, 1998). 9 tracks of Williams playing solo at the Montreux Jazz Festival, July 16, 1978.

MARY LOU WILLIAMS TRIO AT RICK'S CAFÉ AMERICAIN, 1979 (Storyville, STCD 8285, 1998). (with Milton Suggs, bass; Drashear Khalid, drums) 13 tracks recorded November 14, 1979.

MARIAN McPARTLAND'S PIANO JAZZ WITH GUEST MARY LOU WILLIAMS
(The Jazz Alliance, TJA 12019, 1995).
A recording of the premier broadcast of McPartland's National Public Radio series, recorded in 1979, with Ronnie Boykins on bass.


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MARY LOU WILLIAMS PRESENTS BLACK CHRIST OF THE ANDES
(Mary Records 32843, 1963).
This recording dedicated to St. Martin de Porres, a seventeenth-century Dominican lay brother on the event of his canonization was recorded in October and November 1963. (These notable recordings have not been re-released on compact disc. The album is listed here for its significance in the Mary Lou Williams' canon.)


Chuck Stewart photos of
unissued 1957 Roulette recording session.


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