Mary Lou Williams/All Blues/Free Spirits
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Mary Lou Williams' Superb Trio
All this edgy avant garde stuff aside, here is a conventional piano trio that hammers all the way down to the mother load. Mary Lou Williams (1910-1981) has been there and done that.
I haven't listened to her until recently, but her1975 trio album Free Spirits is the kind of thing that reminds me of why jazz is so central to my life. Buster Williams plays a great bass line, with Mickey Roker on drums. Wow, but this is good. Here is their cover of the great Miles Davis theme.