Mary Lou's Mass

Mary Lou's Mass

by Mary Lou Williams
     
 

Like many such ambitious conceptual projects, Mary Lou's Mass wasn't quite as impressive in its results as it was in its artistic scope. It's more or less acceptable, successful gospel-jazz fusion, sometimes vocal, sometimes instrumental. While the vocal selections seem to be aiming to be uplifting and inspirational, sometimes they can get a bit hokey in theirSee more details below

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Like many such ambitious conceptual projects, Mary Lou's Mass wasn't quite as impressive in its results as it was in its artistic scope. It's more or less acceptable, successful gospel-jazz fusion, sometimes vocal, sometimes instrumental. While the vocal selections seem to be aiming to be uplifting and inspirational, sometimes they can get a bit hokey in their abundance of cheer. The musical tone, while commendably eclectic, is uneven, from deft piano bop and Latin-tinged rousers to funky gospel stompers, down-home bluesy piano interludes, and melodramatic solo vocal turns. [The material on the 2005 CD version of Mary Lou's Mass is not identical to the tracks that came out on the 1975 LP release of the same title. Mary Lou Williams' "mass" was an ambitious work upon which composition dated back to the mid-'60s, and this CD is the most complete version of it ever issued, though the 32-page booklet somehow does not manage to make it clear what was first released where, and what's previously unreleased. Generally, however, it can be deduced that it includes recordings from both the albums Music for Peace and the 1975 version of Mary Lou's Mass, as well as some previously unissued selections, adding up to 61 minutes of music. Serious Williams admirers will appreciate the attempt to put the most complete version of her vision together for this CD release, as well as the extensive annotation that accompanies it.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/22/2005
Label:
Smithsonian Folkways
UPC:
0093074081525
catalogNumber:
40815
Rank:
227977

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mary Lou Williams   Primary Artist,Organ,Piano,Vocals
David Amram   Flute,French Horn
Leon Thomas   Vocals,Soloist
Julius Watkins   French Horn
Roger Glenn   Flute
Honi Gordon   Vocals,Soloist,screams
Ralph MacDonald   Conga
Harewood   Drums
James Bailey   Vocals
Eileen Gilbert   Vocals
Milt Grayson   Vocals
Carl Hall   Vocals,Soloist
Sonny Henry   Guitar,Vocals
David Parker   Drums,Tambourine
Randy Peyton Quartet   Vocals,Soloist
Carline Ray   Bass,Electric Bass,Vocals,Soloist
Christine Spencer   Vocals
Peter Whitehead   Vocals,Soloist
Chris White   Bass
Lisle Atkinson   Guitar
Abdullah Rahman   Conga
Howard Roberts   Choir Director
Milton Suggs   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Ralph McDonald   Conga
David Parker   Drums
Leon Atkinson   Guitar
Abdul Raham   Conga

Technical Credits

Leon Thomas   Composer
Mary Lou Williams   Arranger,Composer,Audio Production
Sonny Henry   Composer
Peter O'Brien   Reissue Producer,Introduction
Pete Reiniger   Mastering
Patrick Hinely   Cover Photo
Mikki Ferrill   Tray Photo
Doctor Tammy C. Kernodle   Annotation
Peter O'Brien   Liner Notes

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