26 June 2008

MARY LOU WILLIAMS - BLACK CHRIST OF THE ANDES


















Mary Lou Williams released by Saba in Europe from 1963.
First posted at OIR in September 06.
Something a little different today with this beautiful,spiritual jazz lp by Mary Lou Williams which also features Grant Green and Percy Heath .I have posted the artwork from the Saba LP release although this 320 rip is from the re-issue cd from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings which also features 4 extra tracks.

Here's a review from allaboutjazz.com
Calling this album mainstream is a bit misleading, since it includes four pieces of choral/sacred music and one avant garde cut. In a way, it's the perfect mirror of where Mary Lou Williams was in the early 1960's, coming out of a nearly ten year absence from performance. At the beginning of that period she had devoted herself solely to religion and charitable work. Jazz-loving priests within the Catholic church convinced her to convey her religious feelings through what she did best: performing, composing, and arranging. Here we have some of the beautiful results.
The hymn “St. Martin de Porres” celebrates the life of a recently-canonized Peruvian patron saint of interracial justice, complete with modern jazz harmonies and rhythm patterns, ascending and descending chromatics and falls, with a brief, simple Latin piano interlude. The very hip jazz waltz ”Anima Christi” has the usual strong bass line of a Mary Lou Williams tune, here doubled by Budd Johnson on bass clarinet.
Vocal soloist Jimmy Mitchell reminds me of a higher-pitched Lou Rawls. Grant Green's clean, hip, tasty blues licks flavor the piece throughout. “Praise the Lord” brings together inspired gospel and the feeling of a great jam session, with swing era vet Budd Johnson wailing on tenor sax. Jimmy Mitchell quietly raps. By the time he sings “Everybody clap your hands now,” you'll be doing that or moving your body in some fashion.
Exploration was the hallmark of Mary Lou's career. Here she takes the journey into rhythms and deeply into the blues. At times her playing is very spare but deeply felt. “A Fungus A Mungus” takes the listener in a polytonal direction, hinting at her later interest in Cecil Taylor.

21 comments:

bacoso said...

http://rapidshare.com/files/125232575/Mary_Lou_Williams.rar

ish said...

I see you have a bad case of MPS-Love too. It's catching. Thanks!

anyathar said...

i like the cover, and i bet i'll soon be liking the music just as much.. thanks bacoso

anemes said...

I am so excited as this downloads. MLW, Grant Gree, Percy Heath!

shivers down my spine.

db said...

great music!
check out
calisoulbrother records
for rare soul, jazz, funk, brazil & latin records!

Roy said...

This is a great album but there is a problem with the rar file. It will not extract..

quique said...

absolutely marvelous music!!!
thanks

deaf one said...

damn! mary lou, and grant green, my day has been made

Greg said...

ello bacoso, i grabbed this a while ago without a listen because i thought that ' It Ain't Necessarily So' off the album was a massif vocal version... as it happens not so...

The version i'm looking for is more in line with cal tjaderish (think song of a yellow river) very fast and lots of vibraphone and a superb female vocal about 3 mins long. Very, very big in the northern all-dayer jazz rooms of the early-mid 80's colin curtis, hewan clark and richard serling et al all used to hammer it???

Maybe you or the readers here can help with a lead? That said album is a great buy though!

ta
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Burning Blue Soul said...

Bacoso, this one is just a masterpiece--and I am writing you from hospital to thank you for this glorious slab of spiritual bliss!!!!!

Julian said...

yeah yeah! mary lou williams. she is awesome. thx for the share. don't really know this one.

DESIGN said...

wow. thanks.

Adam said...

This is a great one. Thanks very much for this!

annief said...

Appreciate it!

kizza said...

Thanks again! Your posts are always superb!

The Lindalinian said...

Thank you. She is a national treasure but is barely known. This is her masterpiece.

El Mafufo said...

Don't know how you manage to find such good and hard to find stuff thanks a lot.

daytime lovers said...

This record is absolutely incredible. Thank you!

Hoochie Coochie man said...

This looks great, Mary Lou´s music is a new thing to me, but I think I will enjoy it, many thanks!!

? said...

this recording is just marvelous

rm said...

thank you very much, bacoso