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Mary Lou Williams

Mary Lou Williams

Composer, arranger, and pianist Mary Lou Williams’ musical career reflected the history of American jazz from the late 1920s through the 1970s. Described by Duke Ellington as being “beyond category,” Williams was conversant in jazz styles ranging from stride through swing and be-bop to the avant-garde, yet her music was always rooted in spirituals and the blues. This self-produced recording, originally recorded in 1962 and 1963, contains a mix of standards and originals including four original compositions reflecting her devout interest in religious music.

The vinyl reissue of Mary Lou Williams, which includes a liner notes booklet, is part of the Smithsonian Folkways Vinyl Reissue Series, revisiting some of the most iconic and influential albums in our collection.

For a limited time, we are offering Elizabeth Cotten's Folksongs and Instrumentals with Guitar, Lucinda Williams's Happy Woman Blues, and Mary Lou Williams as a Vinyl Bundle with Bonus Folkways Slipmat.

Track Listing

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Black Christ of the Andes (St. Martin de Porres) Mary Lou Williams 6:39
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It Ain't Necessarily So Mary Lou Williams 4:47
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The Devil - Chorale Vocal Mary Lou Williams 4:05
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Miss D.D. Mary Lou Williams 2:33
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Anima Christi - Chorale Vocal Mary Lou Williams 2:51
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A Grand Nite for Swinging Mary Lou Williams 2:54
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My Blue Heaven Mary Lou Williams 3:12
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Dirge Blues Mary Lou Williams 3:29
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A Fungus Amungus Mary Lou Williams 3:00
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Praise the Lord - Chorale Vocal Mary Lou Williams 6:02
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