Black Christ of the Andes by Mary Lou Williams (CD)

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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 digitally-remastered CD contains an additional 4 unreleased tracks, new extensive liner notes, and historic photos.

©2004 Smithsonian Folkways. 

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