Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Mary Lou Williams Collective: Zodiac Suite: Revisited

Mary Lou Williams the composer was as extraordinary as the Williams the player, effortlessly bridging and synthesizing stride, swing, bop, the avant-garde, astrology, Catholicism, and who-knows-what else into all of her work and making all of it her own. Here, Geri Allen, another under-rated woman jazz pianist (is that redundant? Of course it is), with marvelously sympathetic accompaniment, interprets Williams' best-known work, originally recorded for Folkways in 1945.
Allen is probably every bit Williams' equal as a player, but it's the immutable quality of Williams' compositions that stands out here. These are great, timeless songs.
Acquired from eMusic some time ago, so discographical information is scarce. If you can fill in any of the many blanks, please do so. And if you like this, the rest of Allen's catalog is every bit as good. Go buy some of it.
  1. Aries
  2. Taurus
  3. Gemini
  4. Cancer
  5. Leo
  6. Virgo
  7. Libra
  8. Scorpio
  9. Sagittarius
  10. Capricorn
  11. Aquarius
  12. Pisces
  13. The BeBop Waltz
  14. Intermission
  15. Thank You Madam
Geri Allen: piano Buster Williams: bass Billy Hart: drums Andrew Cyrille: drums (tracks 13 and 15 only) All compositions by Mary Lou Williams except 13-15 by Geri Allen


Festoonic said...

il angelo said...

Very, very good. This had scaped me for some time. Very appreciated.

Anonymous said...

Thank you! (also for the Gregory Jackson album)

see also:

sotise said...

great album ,thanks festoonic!

the doc said...


indigo amatista said...

tthanxz fr all the great stuff you put looking for the original williams 45 zodiac suite...some body can help me to find or get it please?

jiiiiiiiq said...

A most excellent post festoonic, thank you very much indeed!

@indigo amatista: you can find the original at jazzbabel forum