Selected Mary Lou Williams
D I S C O G R A P H Y

1970s/1960s  1950s/1940s  1930s/1920s MLW's Music Readings

Introduction

Collection at IJS

Early Roots

Kansas City & the Clouds of Joy

Modern Jazz & Cafe Society

William Gottlieb Photo Essay, 1947

Europe & Travels in the 50's

Chuck Stewart Photo Essay, 1957

Religious Conversion

Lioness in Winter

Discography & Related Links
 


Williams in San Francisco in 1962.
 
Prestige Records reissue of recordings Williams made June 26, 1953 for Esquire Records in London.
Portrait of guitarist/singer Josh White and Mary Lou Williams at radio station WMCA in New York in April 1947.
She appears with White in "The Minute Man" on the Smithsonian/Folkways reissue of 1940s White recordings,entitled Free and Easy Blues.

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LADIES OF JAZZ: MARY JOU WILLIAMS AND BARBARA CARROLL (Koch Jazz KOC-CD-8528, 1999).
10 tracks of Williams with Carol Pruitt (bass) and Bill Clark (drm), recorded March 7, 1951 in New York.


FIRST LADY OF THE PIANO, 1952-1971 (Giants of Jazz, CD 53180, 1993).
Retrospective collection of 19 tracks covering 20 years in Williams' career, featuring Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby Hackett, Don Byas, and others.


THE LONDON SESSIONS
(Vogue 74321115162, 1993).
22 tracks of Mary Lou Williams quartets, recorded in London in January 1953 and in 1954.


AMERICAN IN PARIS: MARY LOU WILLIAMS AND GERRY WIGGINS "ON VOGUE" (Vogue, 74321115052, 1992).
Eight tracks of Williams trio with tenor saxophonist Don Byas, recorded in Paris on December 2, 1953.


JAZZ PIANO: A SMITHSONIAN COLLECTION, VOL. II
(The Smithsonian Collection of Records, RD 039, 1989). One track, "Nicole," from early 1954 in Paris.

MARY LOU WILLIAMS: LADY PIANO
(Black Bird Records).
A bootleg reissue of 12 solo, duo and trio recordings made for the Jazztone Society on March 8 and 10, 1955.


DIZZY GILLESPIE AT NEWPORT
(Verve 314 513 754-2, 1992). Williams play on two tracks of this reissue of July 6, 1957 concert of Gillespie big band at Newport Jazz Festival, including "Selections from Zodiac Suite."

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THE CHRONOLOGICAL ANDY KIRK AND HIS TWELVE CLOUDS OF JOY, 1940-1942(Classics 681, 1993)
23 tracks.


 

 

 

THE CHRONOLOGICAL MARY LOU WILLIAMS, 1944 (Classics 814, 1995).
24 tracks of solo, small group and orchestra recordings record between February and November 1944.


MASTERS OF CLASSIC JAZZ
(Soundies, SCD 4123)(with Art Tatum, Art Hodes, Jess Stacy, Herman Chittison and Mary Lou Williams).
Eight previously unreleased tracks from March 7, 1944 with Al Lucas on bass and Jack "the Bear" Parker on drums, and produced by Milt Gabler.


ROLL 'EM (Solo Art, SACD 43, 1988).
Reissue of March 7, 1944 session produced by Milt Gabler, and including unissued takes and false starts.


JOSH WHITE: FREE AND EQUAL BLUES
(Smithsonian Folkways, SF 40081, 1998).
Williams plays her composition "Minute Man," recorded in December 1944, on this collection of 26 of White's recordings.


THE CHRONOLOGICAL MARY LOU WILLIAMS, 1944-1945
(Classics 1021, 1998).
Features 21 selections of Williams and her orchestra, Signs of the Zodiac, Josh White vocal, and piano solos; recorded between December 11, 1944 and June 29, 1945


THE ZODIAC SUITE
(Jazz Classics, JZCL 6002, 1996).
The Complete Town Hall Concert of December 31, 1945, featuring Mary Lou Williams and her big band and symphony orchestra.


THE ZODIAC SUITE (Smithsonian/Folkways, SF CD 40810, 1995).
17 tracks, including unreleased selections, originally recorded by Mo Asch in spring 1945 in New York.


THE CHRONOLOGICAL MARY LOU WILLIAMS, 1945-1947 (Classics 1050, 1999). 25 tracks featuring Mary Lou Williams Girl Stars, trio, piano solos, Mary Osborne vocal; recorded between 1945 and late late 1947




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