Author: Young, Herb
Date published: June 1, 2011
Journal code: IAJR
Mary Lou Williams
At Rick's Café Americain
Storyville 103 8420
Mary Lou Williams (pno) Milton Suggs (bs) Drasheer Khalid (dms) Rec. Chicago, November 14, 1979
CD 1 - Spirituals 2 & 3 / Fandangle / Old Fashioned Slow Blues / Night Life / Baby Bear Boogie (into) Roll 'Em / Gloria / Autumn Leaves / I Can't Get Started / They Can't Take That Away from Me / Satin Doll / The Jeep is Jumpin' / A Grand Night for Swinging / Blues for Timme / St. James Infirmary TT: 63:25
CD 2 - Surrey with the Fringe on Top / The Man I Love / My Funny Valentine / Oh! Lady Be Good / Mack the Knife / 'Round Midnight / Caravan / A Grand Night for Swinging / Love for Sale / What's Your Story Morning Glory / Without a Song / Over the Rainbow / A Grand Night for Swinging TT: 76:43
Mary Lou Williams - a star of her gender when jazz was a man's world, except for singers. She could write, arrange for any ensemble, a leader of vision, and she sure could play a mess of piano for half a century. This double-CD is the complete work of just one date at Rick's and there's not one disappointing track. Well, she never, ever let record buyers down in her entire career, and this is no exception. She left this earth in May, 1981.
Thirteen tracks of these well-recorded blues, boogies and standards were previously released on Storyville STCD 8285 but with this you get more than double the pleasure.