photograph made during the recording of Williams' Zoning album in
1974 catches her in the revelry of
making music. In his notes for the 1995 reissue for Smithsonian/Folkways,
Bob Blumenthal wrote, "Zoning's appearance served as both a revelation
and a reaffirmation of what had always made Williams unique. She was
still stretching the boundaries, with harmonic, rhythmic and formal
notations that bordered on the avant-garde; yet her ear for melody
and her deep immersion in the blues idiom remained."
Mary Lou Williams' Music and Arrangements Recorded by Other Musicians|
VIC DICKENSON: BREAKS, BLUES AND BOOGIES
(Pearl Flapper 1065).
The veteran Basie trombonist plays Williams' "Gjon Mili Jam Session" among 21 selections recorded between 1941-1946.
DAVE DOUGLAS: SOUL ON SOUL
(RCA 63603, 2000).
This album constituting of trumpeter Dave Douglas' tribute to Mary Lou Williams was named Down Beat's Album of the Year in August 2000. Douglas reinterprets "Aries" from The Zodiac Suite, ""Waltz Boogie," "Mary's Idea," and "Play It Mama," in addition to 9 originals that evoke her spirit.
THE DUKE ELLINGTON: CARNEGIE HALL CONCERTS DECEMBER 1944(PRESTIGE 2 PCD-24073-2).Concert features William's original arrangement for Duke Ellington on "Blue Skies".
DUKE ELLINGTON: CARNEGIE HALL, 11/13/48
(Vintage Jazz Classics 1024).
Among the 30 songs captured in this live Ellington date is Williams' famous arrangement of Irving Berlin's "Blue Skies," renamed "Trumpets No End." Among the Ellingtonians appearing at Carnegie Hall that night in November 1948 was her estranged husband.
ELLA SWINGS LIGHTLY
Ella Fitzgerald sings "What's Your Story, Morning Glory?" in the reissue of a 1958 album of 20 songs.
DIZZY GILLESPIE: THE COMPLETE RCA VICTOR RECORDINGS, 1937-1949
(Bluebird [ or RCA ] 66258, 1995).
Bebop guiding light confirms Williams' modernism in the forites with his 1949 recording of "In the Land of Oo-Bla-Dee," one of 43 recordings between 1937-1949
THE INDISPENSABLE BENNY GOODMAN, 1936-1937
This Goodman reissue containing 32 of his recordings from the mid-thirties contain two of
Williams' arrangements of her compositions, "Roll 'Em" and "Camel Hop."
BENNY GOODMAN: THE JAZZ COLLECTOR EDITION
(Laserlight 15762, 1992)
This Goodman quartet featuring Lionel Hampton, Teddy Wilson and Gene Krupa tackles "Lonely Moments" in a retrospective of 14 recordings.
BENNY GOODMAN: ROLL'EM LIVE, 1941
Two extended versions of "Roll 'Em" appear among 20 live recordings cut between July and October 1941.
HONI GORDON SINGS
(Original Jazz Classics OJCCD-1783-2, 1992)Two extended versions of "Roll 'Em" appear among 20 live recordings cut between July and October 1941.
THE CHRONOLOGICAL EDMOND HALL, 1944-1945
(Classics 872, 1996).
The clarinet player offers his rendition of "Lonely Moments" in this retrospective of recordings from the mid-forties.
Compiled by REV. PETER F. O'BRIEN, S.J.
Executive Director of Mary
Lou Williams Foundation
STAN HASSELGÄRD AT CLICK
The 1948 live recordings from the Click in Philadelphia, including Williams' "Mary's Idea," feature most of the existing airchecks of the clarinet player with Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson and Wardell Gray. (Hasselgärd was killed in an automobile accident later that year.)
JOHN HICKS:IMPRESSIONS OF MARY LOU WILLIAMS (High Note HCD 7046,2000).Pianist John Hicks, whom Williams took under her wing early in his career, plays tribute with seven of Williams' compositions from Music for Peace, Zodiac Suite, Mary Lou's mass and Zoning. He plays five compositions of his own written with Williams in mind.
Stern's dramatic back-lit photo of Mary Lou Williams in the 1950s
was selected as the cover of Linda Dahl new biography, Morning
Glory: A Biography of Mary Lou Williams.
ANITA O'DAY, 1956-1962
(Giants of Jazz 53145, 1998). The singer performs "What's Your Story, Morning Glory?" in an album of jazz standards.
PIANO JAZZ: MARIAN McPARTLAND AND JAY McSHANN
(Jazz Alliance 10230, 1996). McPartland and her guest play "What's Your Story, Morning Glory?"
MARIAN McPARTLAND PLAYS THE MUSIC OF MARY LOU WILLIAMS
(Concord Jazz 4605, 1994).
McPartland, joined by bassist Bill Douglass and drummer Omar Clay, plays 14 Williams compositions.
JAMES WILLIAMS MAGICAL TRIO: AWESOME!
(DIW 623, 2000).
The souful pianist tips his hat to Williams' "Lonely Moments" on an album of great American composers.