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A Herbie Nichols' Centennial - Part II

Read "A Herbie Nichols' Centennial - Part II" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


The second part of this week's tribute to Herbie Nichols focuses on the work of champions of his music like Roswell Rudd, Misha Mengelberg, Steve Lacy and, again, the Herbie Nichols Project with some never-heard-before live recordings from the vaults of the Jazz Composers Collective. For the first part of this Herbie Nichols special ...

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Zodiac Suite: Revisited

Label: Mary Records
Released: 2006
Track listing: Aries; Taurus; Gemini; Cancer; Leo; Virgo; Libra; Scorpio; Sagittarius; Capricorn; Aquarius; Pisces; The BeBop Waltz; Intermission; Thank You Madam.

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The Mary Lou Williams Collective: Zodiac Suite: Revisited

Read "Zodiac Suite: Revisited" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone


The Zodiac Suite was composed by pianist Mary Lou Williams in 1944-45 and recorded shortly thereafter. It was also performed on Williams' weekly radio program in 1944. The suite consists of twelve segments, each musically describing one sign of the Zodiac, and is regarded as Mary Lou Williams' most important work. Each of the compositions was ...

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The Mary Lou Williams Collective: Zodiac Suite: Revisited

Read "Zodiac Suite: Revisited" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Questa è un'opera importante, destinata a lasciare una traccia profonda nella discografia jazzistica del 2006. Nel riproporre la Zodiac Suite di Mary Lou Williams, la pianista Gery Allen e i suoi compagni del Mary Lou Williams Collective hanno scelto di concentrarsi sulle doti squisitamente pianistiche dell'autrice piuttosto che su quelle d'arrangiamento. Due potevano essere le strade ...

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The Mary Lou Williams Collective: Zodiac Suite: Revisited

Read "Zodiac Suite: Revisited" reviewed by John Kelman


In a time when “female jazz performer is no longer an oxymoron, it's important to remember there was a time when jazz was essentially a men's club. All the more remarkable, then, that pianist Mary Lou Williams was not just an accomplished artist--in a time where women jazzers were typically relegated to vocalist roles--but a forward-thinking ...

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The Mary Lou Williams Collective: Zodiac Suite: Revisited

Read "Zodiac Suite: Revisited" reviewed by Jim Santella


The Mary Lou Williams Collective, an arm of the Mary Lou Williams Foundation, Inc., is devoted to the recording and performance of the music of the pianist and composer. Williams dedicated her Zodiac Suite to figures she respected, including Billie Holiday, Ben Webster, Duke Ellington, Ellis Larkins, Vic Dickenson, Leonard Feather, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Tatum, Bud ...

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The Mary Lou Williams Collective: Zodiac Suite: Revisited

Read "Zodiac Suite: Revisited" reviewed by R. Emmet Sweeney


She was “the little girl who swings the band, an arranger for Andy Kirk, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and practically any other sublime big band name you could deign to think of. Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell hung out at her NYC apartment to soak up her knowledge during the bop era. Mary Lou ...


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