The Lady Who Swings the Band

The Lady Who Swings the Band

by The Dutch Jazz Orchestra GroupThe Dutch Jazz Orchestra Group


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/10/2006
Label: Challenge
UPC: 0608917325126
catalogNumber: 73251
Rank: 109504

Album Credits

Performance Credits

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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