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The History of Jazz
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produced by Peter F. O'Brien, 1940-2015 (Folkways Records, 1978), 36 mins

On this album, Mary Lou Williams presents a history of jazz in speech and in music, from meditations on learning ragtime and blues as a child to performances of her own compositions, including "Night Life," which was captured on her first recording in 1930 and became a Kansas City classic.

produced by Peter F. O'Brien, 1940-2015 (Folkways Records, 1978), 36 mins
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Mary Lou Williams Presents Black Christ of the Andes
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(Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2004), 53 mins
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 st...
(Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2004), 53 mins
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Zodiac Suite
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produced by Moses Asch, 1905-1986 and Matt Walters (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 1995), 44 mins
Smithsonian Folkways proudly celebrated the 50th anniversary of the original Asch Records release of Mary Lou Williams' work, Zodiac Suite. Performing solo and accompanied by bassist Al Lucas and drummer Jack Parker, Williams crafted these pieces as a series of dedications to fellow musicians born under each astr...
produced by Moses Asch, 1905-1986 and Matt Walters (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 1995), 44 mins
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Roll 'Em
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produced by Samuel Barclay Charters, 1929-2015; performed by Mary Lou Williams, 1910-1981; in The Asch Recordings, 1939 to 1947 - Vol. 1: Blues, Gospel, and Jazz (Folkways Records, 1966), 3 mins

A continuation of Volume 1 (FW00AA1), this archival recording moves into the realm of big band jazz, showing off heavyweights like Muggsy Spanier, Pee Wee Russell, Mary Lou Williams and Art Tatum.

produced by Samuel Barclay Charters, 1929-2015; performed by Mary Lou Williams, 1910-1981; in The Asch Recordings, 1939 to 1947 - Vol. 1: Blues, Gospel, and Jazz (Folkways Records, 1966), 3 mins
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Minute Man
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produced by Jeff Place, fl. 1993-2006 and Elijah Wald; performed by Josh White, 1914-1969 and Mary Lou Williams, 1910-1981; in Free and Equal Blues (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 1998), 2 mins
Josh White (1914-1969) was a brilliant musician whose vibrant guitar and rich vocals captivated audiences for decades. Recorded at the height of his career by Moses Asch in the 1940s, he performs these 26 blues, gospel, popular, and hard-hitting topical songs solo or accompanied by such contemporaries as Lead Bel...
produced by Jeff Place, fl. 1993-2006 and Elijah Wald; performed by Josh White, 1914-1969 and Mary Lou Williams, 1910-1981; in Free and Equal Blues (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 1998), 2 mins
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Mary Lou Williams: The Asch Recordings 1944-47
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produced by Peter F. O'Brien, 1940-2015 (Folkways Records, 1977), 1 hour 45 mins

This double set brings together thirty-five sides recorded by Mary Lou Williams for Moses Asch between 1944 and 1947. Twenty-eight of these songs were previously only released on 78 rpm, and this collection includes solo and trio performances, as well as small-group and big band recordings.

produced by Peter F. O'Brien, 1940-2015 (Folkways Records, 1977), 1 hour 45 mins
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New American Music, Vol. 1
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produced by Horace Walter Grenell, 1909-1981 (Folkways Records, 1975), 57 mins

From Milford Graves’ guttural experiments with percussion and the body to Mary Lou Williams’ jazz combo interrupted by atonal “fungus,” this compilation of new (1970s) music makes for an eclectic mix of musical sounds. Star innovators Gil Evans, Sam Rivers, Sunny Murray also contribute to this collection...

produced by Horace Walter Grenell, 1909-1981 (Folkways Records, 1975), 57 mins
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Footnotes to Jazz, Vol. 3: Jazz Rehearsal, I
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(Folkways Records, 1950), 28 mins
After rediscovering a tin box full of acetate recordings of jazz rehearsal sessions, Folkways founder Moe Asch pieced together a sequence that shows the on-the-spot creative energy musicians produce in the studio. This disc features Mary Lou Williams and her hand-picked group of session musicians, all innovators...
(Folkways Records, 1950), 28 mins
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Mary Lou Williams
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(Folkways Records, 1964), 40 mins

So versatile that she was able to sustain a professional career for more than thirty years, jazz pianist, composer and arranger Mary Lou Williams ran the gamut from Dixieland to swing, bop and avant-garde. This album is among her 1960s avant-garde works, with intimate piano combos and vocal jazz choruses; it inclu...

(Folkways Records, 1964), 40 mins
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Smithsonian Folkways American Roots Collection
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(Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 1996), 1 hour 13 mins
Twenty-six tracks from outstanding Smithsonian Folkways recordings present a panorama of American Roots music. Blues, Bluegrass, ballads, topical songs, and jazz are performed by master musicians. If you have never heard of Smithsonian Folkways or Folkways before, this collection will take you on a trip through...
(Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 1996), 1 hour 13 mins
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