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New Mary Lou Williams Release

Pianist and arranger Mary Lou Williams, who died in 1981, will add another album to her 28 existing titles this February: Mary Lou’s Mass. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, who also released three of her previous albums, will release this album for the first time on CD on Feb. 22, 2005.

The remastered album will contain seven bonus tracks, including material in honor of her 1969 piece Music for Peace, two hymns written in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the time of his assassination and rare singles from 1972.

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