Mary Lou Williams Collective / Mary Lou Williams

Zodiac Suite

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Mary Lou Williams' Zodiac Suite, a 12-piece work with a different theme made for each of the signs of the zodiac (and keeping in mind the personalities of a few jazz musicians born during each period), was composed and first recorded in 1945. With the assistance of bassist Al Lucas and drummer Jack "The Bear" Parker, pianist Williams performs these moody and often introspective (but occasionally playful) sketches in a forward-looking swing style. Six alternate takes have been added to the original program on this CD reissue which, although not quite essential, has its interesting moments.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 01:48 Spotify
2 02:33 Spotify
3 02:08 Spotify
4 02:31 Spotify
5
01:43 Spotify
6 02:26 Spotify
7 02:09 Spotify
8 03:01 Spotify
9 01:50 Spotify
10 02:38 Spotify
11 03:38 Spotify
12 02:31 Spotify
13 02:17 Spotify
14 02:36 Spotify
15 02:44 Spotify
16 03:10 Spotify
17 02:40 Spotify
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