One of my favorite finds during the month I’ve been studying Mary Lou Williams has been this album, Soul on Soul: A Celebration of Mary Lou Williams.
Dave Douglas is another one of my favorite artists. I really love the sound collages he creates with his compositions. The sum is so much greater than it’s parts. His music, to me, is so much more than “good jazz”. His music leaves me with a feeling, much more than a tune I can hum.
He says in the liner notes, “Mary Lou’s being so consistently modern was what first attracted me to her music. There were so many obstacles in her path, yet here was a person who was continually renovating and doing new things. To me this seems absolutely courageous.”
In relation to the Heroes of Blues, Jazz and Country Staircase Blog, it’s fitting that Douglas, a trumpet player, created this tribute album. The next artist on the staircase is Bix Beiderbecke, who is one of history’s most innovative jazz trumpet players.