Mary Lou Williams Presents Black Christ of the Andes

Mary Lou Williams Presents Black Christ of the Andes

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Mary Lou Williams, the "First Lady of Jazz," was an extraordinary pianist, composer, arranger, and master of blues, boogie woogie, stride, swing, and be-bop. Williams’ complex harmonies and brilliant phrasing, rooted in spirituals and blues, border on the avant-garde. Black Christ is both a powerful secular statement and a call to the divine. Duke Ellington said, "[She was] beyond category—a pianist who sums up in herself the full essence of jazz and expresses it with skill and perception that few other jazz musicians have even approached." Originally issued in 1964, this CD contains an additional 4 unreleased tracks, new extensive liner notes, and historic photos. 53 minutes.

Year Released 2004
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Genre(s) Blues; Jazz & Ragtime
Country(s) United States
Language(s) English

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101 St. Martin de Porres Mary Lou Williams 6:36
102 It Ain’t Necessarily So Mary Lou Williams 4:45
103 The Devil Mary Lou Williams 4:04
104 Miss D. D. Mary Lou Williams 2:32
105 Anima Christi Mary Lou Williams 2:50
106 A Grand Night for Swinging Mary Lou Williams 2:52
107 My Blue Heaven Mary Lou Williams 3:10
108 Dirge Blues Mary Lou Williams 3:26
109 A Fungus Amungus Mary Lou Williams 3:01
110 Koolbonga Mary Lou Williams 3:25
111 Forty-Five Degree Angle Mary Lou Williams 2:55
112 Nicole Mary Lou Williams 3:41
113 Chunka Lunka Mary Lou Williams 3:11
114 Praise The Lord Mary Lou Williams 5:54
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