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Soul on Soul: The Life of Mary Lou Williams by Tammy Kernodle

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It sounds like a cliche, but if the phenomenal pianist and innovative composer and arranger Mary Lou Williams had not been a woman, black or born in 1910, she undoubtedly would have received much wider recognition and been much more successful. Unfortunately, she endured several lifetimes worth of repression, swindles, loneliness, disregard, along with personal and professional jealousy. Additio-nally, Williams didn’t always exercise the best judgment when making career and financial decisions, which tended to consistently boomerang in her disfavor.

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