Mary Lou's Mass

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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: 2/22/2005
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074081525
  • Catalog Number: 40815
  • Sales rank: 113,821

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Willis (3:41)
  2. 2 O.W. (2:19)
  3. 3 Praise the Lord (2:13)
  4. 4 Old Time Spiritual (1:14)
  5. 5 The Lord Says (1:54)
  6. 6 Act of Contrition (1:30)
  7. 7 Kyrie Eleison (Lord, Have Mercy) (1:47)
  8. 8 Gloria (1:56)
  9. 9 Medi I and Medi II (4:03)
  10. 10 In His Day/Peace I Leave With You/Alleluia (0:57)
  11. 11 Lazarus (4:40)
  12. 12 Credo (2:22)
  13. 13 Credo (5:51)
  14. 14 Holy, Holy, Holy (2:27)
  15. 15 Amen (0:21)
  16. 16 Our Father (2:14)
  17. 17 Lamb of God (3:27)
  18. 18 It Is Always Spring (2:37)
  19. 19 People in Trouble (3:31)
  20. 20 One (1:26)
  21. 21 Praise the Lord (Come Holy Spirit) (3:58)
  22. 22 Jesus Is the Best (2:57)
  23. 23 Tell Him Not to Talk Too Long (2:36)
  24. 24 I Have a Dream (1:59)
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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
Al 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
Fr. Peter O'Brien Liner Notes
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