Mary's Idea

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This well-conceived CD has 20 of the most rewarding recordings by Andy Kirk's Orchestra. Ending a five-year period when they were off record, the big band which had recently relocated to New York from Kansas City showed that it could outswing most of its competitiors, due largely to Mary Lou Williams arrangements and piano playing, the underrated tenor Dick Wilson, and a strong group sound. Pha Terrell's high-pitched vocals helped the band to catch on commercially, but fortunately, he is almost absent from this collection singing only "What's Your Story, Morning Glory", which, with the exception of seven selections from 1939-41 including two small-group numbers led by Mary ...
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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This well-conceived CD has 20 of the most rewarding recordings by Andy Kirk's Orchestra. Ending a five-year period when they were off record, the big band which had recently relocated to New York from Kansas City showed that it could outswing most of its competitiors, due largely to Mary Lou Williams arrangements and piano playing, the underrated tenor Dick Wilson, and a strong group sound. Pha Terrell's high-pitched vocals helped the band to catch on commercially, but fortunately, he is almost absent from this collection singing only "What's Your Story, Morning Glory", which, with the exception of seven selections from 1939-41 including two small-group numbers led by Mary Lou Williams, concentrates on 1936-37. Among the many highlights are "Walkin' and Swingin'," "Froggy Bottom," "The Lady Who Swings the Band," "Mess-A-Stomp," "Mary's Idea" and "Ring Dem Bells." Highly recommended to listeners who, in skipping the Classics series, want a strong sampling of Andy Kirk's music rather than every single title.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/1993
  • Label: Grp Records
  • UPC: 011105062220
  • Catalog Number: 622

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Walkin' and Swingin' - Mary Lou Williams (2:37)
  2. 2 Moren Swing - Mary Lou Williams (3:03)
  3. 3 Froggy Bottom - Mary Lou Williams (3:07)
  4. 4 Bear Cat Shuffle - Mary Lou Williams (2:57)
  5. 5 Puddin' Head Serenade - Mary Lou Williams (2:30)
  6. 6 The Lady Who Swings the Band - Mary Lou Williams (2:41)
  7. 7 (Keep It) in the Groove - Mary Lou Williams (2:59)
  8. 8 A Mellow Bit of Rhythm - Mary Lou Williams (3:16)
  9. 9 Bear Down - Mary Lou Williams (2:56)
  10. 10 Twinklin' - Mary Lou Williams (3:02)
  11. 11 Mess-A-Stomp - Mary Lou Williams (3:03)
  12. 12 What's Your Story, Morning Glory? - Mary Lou Williams (3:04)
  13. 13 Mary's Idea - Mary Lou Williams (2:55)
  14. 14 Close to Five - Mary Lou Williams (2:49)
  15. 15 Scratchin' in the Gravel - Mary Lou Williams (3:04)
  16. 16 The Count - Mary Lou Williams (3:05)
  17. 17 Twelfth Street Rag - Mary Lou Williams (2:51)
  18. 18 Baby Dear - Mary Lou Williams (2:46)
  19. 19 Harmony Blues - Mary Lou Williams (2:46)
  20. 20 Ring Dem Bells - Mary Lou Williams (2:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Andy Kirk Primary Artist, Track Performer
Mary Lou Williams Piano, Track Performer
Freddy Robinson Trombone
Harold Baker Trumpet
Ted Brinson Guitar
Don Byas Tenor Saxophone
Booker Collins Bass
Ted Donnelly Trombone
John Harrington Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Edward Inge Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Harry Lawson Trumpet
Trice Lawson Trumpet
Earl Miller Alto Saxophone
Harry Mills Drums
Rudy Powell Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Floyd Smith Guitar
Pha Terrell Vocals
Ben Thigpen Drums, Vocals
Earl Thompson Trumpet
Clarence Trice Trumpet
Henry Wells Trombone
Claude "Fiddler" Williams Violin
Dick Wilson Tenor Saxophone
Fred Robinson Trumpet
Paul King Trumpet
John Williams Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Technical Credits
Andy Kirk Contributor
Mary Lou Williams Arranger, Composer, Contributor
Euday L. Bowman Composer
Dave Grusin Executive Producer
Clyde Hart Arranger
Orrin Keepnews Reissue Producer
Jack Lawrence Composer
Sonny Mediana Director, Production Director
Larry Rosen Executive Producer
Earl Thompson Arranger
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Dick Wilson Composer
Andy Kirk & His Clouds of Joy Contributor
Dan Serrano Graphic Design
Andy Baltimore Director
Erick Labson Engineer
Vincent Pelote Liner Notes
Bud Katzel Director
Jackie Salway Graphic Design
Alba Acevedo Graphic Design
Scott Johnson Graphic Design
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