Trio 3 played five evenings together with pianist Geri Allen in the New York jazz club Birdland, paying homage to the jazz pianist Mary Lou Williams. They presented fresh and individualistic interpretations of some of the most beautiful pieces of the "First Lady of Jazz". Intakt has recorded these evenings.
Mary Lou Williams was one of the most famous pianists of swing. She wrote arrangements for Duke Ellington and played in countless bands and orchestras. Her music grew from ragtime over swing and blues, but was also geared to modern harmony. Within the same year she performed in Carnegie Hall as a duo with pianist Cecil Taylor as well as with Benny Goodman. Today many of her compositions belong to the canon of African-American music.
The four greats of today's jazz, saxophonist Oliver Lake, bassist Reggie Workman, drummer Andrew Cyrille and the pianist Geri Allen deliver their interpretation of legendary compositions like Roll 'Em, New Musical Express or What's Your Story, Morning Glory. The musicians have a close relationship to Mary Lou Williams. In his early years Andrew Cyrille was drumming in Mary Lou Williams' band. And pianist Geri Allen played the role of Mary Lou Williams in Robert Altman's movie Kansas City.
released July 4, 2011
Reggie Workman: Bass
Andrew Cyrille: Drums
Oliver Lake: Alto Saxophone, Flute
Geri Allen: Piano
All compositions by Mary Lou Williams except Intermission by Mary Lou Williams and Milton Suggs. Compostions published by Cecilia Music Publishing Co., except Roll’Em by EMI-Universal. Recorded August 19, 21, 2010 by Peter Karl at Birdland Jazzclub New York. Mixed by Peter Karl, Andrew Cyrille and Oliver Lake at Studio Peter Karl, Brooklyn, NY. Mastered by Peter Karl at Studio Peter Karl. Liner notes: Peter O’Brian, Geri Allen, Andrew Cyrille. Photos: Richard Candy. Cover art: Oliver Lake. Graphic design: Jonas Schoder. Produced by Intakt Records, Patrik Landolt.
supported by 14 fans who also own “Celebrating Mary Lou Williams (Live at Birdland New York)”
Nobody, giant or otherwise could sleep through that opening section!...I liken it to the struggle for life...working/striving for balance in a musical/ecological domain... (what?) oh, its groovy too! Bob Ross