The Lady Who Swings the Band

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Mary Lou Williams was a giant in jazz history, in spite of Ken Burns' inexcusable failure to acknowledge her importance in his public television documentary. Prior to her death in 1981, she set up a foundation to expose children to jazz, leaving all of her manuscripts to its archives. Since then her music has slowly begun to reappear on CD, but this phenomenal release by the Dutch Jazz Orchestra explores a number of her compositions and arrangements that were never recorded, or in some cases, performed at all. She wrote the rhythmic "Chief" as one of several pieces intended for Duke Ellington, though it was never played. Ruud Breuts' expressive muted trumpet and Rob Van ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Mary Lou Williams was a giant in jazz history, in spite of Ken Burns' inexcusable failure to acknowledge her importance in his public television documentary. Prior to her death in 1981, she set up a foundation to expose children to jazz, leaving all of her manuscripts to its archives. Since then her music has slowly begun to reappear on CD, but this phenomenal release by the Dutch Jazz Orchestra explores a number of her compositions and arrangements that were never recorded, or in some cases, performed at all. She wrote the rhythmic "Chief" as one of several pieces intended for Duke Ellington, though it was never played. Ruud Breuts' expressive muted trumpet and Rob Van Bavel's post-bop piano keep this piece sounding very modern. Alto saxophonist Albert Beltman brings Johnny Hodges to mind in the lush, very subdued ballad setting of "Scratchin' in the Gravel." Clarinetist John Ruocco shines in the relaxed interpretation of Williams' famous blues "What's Your Story, Morning Glory?" It seems obvious throughout this excellent CD that the musicians spent time and effort exploring this music prior to recording it, adding to Mary Lou Williams' already sizable jazz legacy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/10/2006
  • Label: Challenge
  • UPC: 608917325126
  • Catalog Number: 73251
  • Sales rank: 173,302

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Dutch Jazz Orchestra Group Primary Artist
Albert Beltman Reeds, Trombone
Mike Booth Trumpet
Eric Ineke Drums
Jan Oosthof Trumpet
Ab Schaap Reeds, Trombone
Ruud Breuls Trumpet
Andy Bruce Trombone
Hansjörg Fink Trombone
Hans Meijdam Reeds, Trombone
John Ruocco Reeds, Musical Direction
Nils Van Haften Reeds, Trombone
Erik Veldkamp Trumpet
Rob Van Bavel Piano
Peter Van Soest Trumpet
Jan Voogd Bass
Martijn Van Iterson Guitar
Technical Credits
Mary Lou Williams Composer
Shafi Hadi Composer
Albert Beltman Producer, Artistic Director
Paul Webster Composer
Rolf Breemer Engineer
Dick Kuijs Producer
Milt Orent Composer
Frank Lewis Composer
Robert Jansen Engineer
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