The Lady Who Swings the Band (with Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy)

February 2, 2008 | Format: MP3

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2:33
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3:06
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2:54
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2:49
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3:02
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3:05


Product Details

  • Original Release Date: February 2, 2008
  • Label: Definitive Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2008 Definitive Records
  • Total Length: 1:14:33
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  • ASIN: B00ABUF5UE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,568 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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A lot of the music on this album will sound dated for two reasons: first the recording technology was relatively crude and second, the music is circa 1936-41. Yes, some of the recordings from that era are now anthems, but most of these never received the airplay those enjoyed and have fallen from memory.

What is important is this collection showcases Mary Lou Williams' genius for arranging as well as her virtuosity on piano. During the era of these recordings women musicians were not taken seriously by their male counterparts and were marginalized as composers and arrangers. Williams was an exception and the twenty five tracks on this album are evidence of that. In fact, she arranged all but two of the tracks: five and nine. However her piano is on every one.

Listen to the sound samples (if you are reading the CD version's review go to the MP3 version's product page for a full track listing and sound samples: The Lady Who Swings the Band (with Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy).

If you are a musician or are studying composition and arranging this album is a gold mine of examples because except for the noted tracks all came from the same pen. Therein lies an opportunity to detect patterns and Williams' own style. As a musician she was as highly regarded. In fact she was Thelonious Monk's mentor and also influenced Bud Powell.

The musicians on this album include some of Williams' peers who were photographed with her on Art Kane's iconic 1958 photograph titled
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