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ONE WAY Recommends [Issue #19]
Zodiac Suite Revisited
By Lynne Bronstein

The Mary Lou Williams Collective (CD Mary)


Maybe it’s due to gender bias but somehow Mary Lou Williams has not received her due as one of the all-time jazz greats. At least the 2002 reference book Jazz: The New York Times Essential Library includes Williams on its Top 100 Artists List largely because of “Zodiac Suite,” a musical tone poem that rates comparison to the works of Ellington and Gershwin. Geri Allen, whose own accomplishments as a keyboard artist should assure her a place in future top artist lists, has recorded this version of Williams’ ode to astrology under the supervision of Williams’ onetime manager, Father Peter F. O’Brien. Accompanied by bassist Buster Williams and drummer Billy Hart, she renders Williams’ perceptions of the zodiac signs with piano chords that at times sound like harp strums and at other times like the ramblings of a nocturnal gumshoe, her fingers channeling the moodiness and edginess of Williams’ “Aries,” the dancing and hopping of “Gemini,” and the thrashing chords of the head-butting goat “Capricorn “(my sign). Bonuses include Williams’ “Intermission” and Allen’s tribute to Williams: “Thank You Madam.” Sumptuous and magical-it’s a must for your list.

Zodiac Suite Revisited The Mary Lou Williams Collective


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