Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Mary Lou Williams & Gerry Wiggins on Vogue

A respected "musicians' musician" type, Wiggins has led a few sessions of his own but made his reputation largely by accompanying female jazz-oriented singers, among them Lena Horne, Kay Starr, Eartha Kitt, Helen Humes, Carmen McRae, Linda Hopkins, and Marilyn Monroe (with whom he worked on the film "Let's Fall in Love"). A youthful encounter with Art Tatum's music in New York inspired Wiggins to take up the piano. He backed the comedian Stepin Fetchit, then worked with Les Hite's band in the early '40s. He also had short stints with Louis Armstrong and Benny Carter in 1944. Wiggins moved to the West Coast and worked with Horne in 1950-51, thus beginning his pattern of working with singers. Wiggins also worked with such prominent male vocalists as Lou Rawls and Nat "King" Cole. Wiggins has worked extensively in the studios, freelanced, and occasionally led his own bands (usually trios). He also worked with famed composer/arranger Gerald Wilson's West Coast-based big band. In the ‘90s Wiggins replaced the late Nat Pierce in the Frank Capp Juggernaut big band. Wiggins has recorded infrequently as a leader. The albums he made in the ‘50s for the Contemporary, Hifijazz, and Specialty labels were later reissued on the Original Jazz Classics label. He recorded a solo set in 1990 for Concord's Live at Maybeck Recital Hall series, and led a trio date in 1995 that included bassist Andy Simpkins and drummer Paul Humphrey. Wiggins' son is bassist J.J. Wiggins.
Chris Kelsey

Source :

Mary Lou Williams
Gerry Wiggins
On "Vogue"


1 O.W (Williams, Wright)  5:05
2 Mary Waltz (Williams)  2:55
3 Just You, Just Me (Klanges, Greer)  2:32
4 Lullaby of the Leaves (Petkere)  4:06
5 Moonglow (Hudson, DeLange, Mills)  3:51
6 Why (Smith)  4:23
7 N.M.E. (Williams)  3:24
8 Blues (trad.)  3:13
9 Too Marvellous for Words (Whiting)  3:27
10 Wiggin' with Dig (Wiggins)  2:56
11 Have you Met Miss Jones ? (Rodgers)  2:51
12 Three Little Words (Kalmar)  3:01
13 Why Was I Born ? (Ruby)  3:01
14 Coffee Time (Wiggins)  3:09
15 I Get a Kick Out of You (Porter)  3:47
16 All the Things you are (Kern Hammerstein)  3:29
17 Ivan - Wig - Digs "Chic" (Wiggins, Hamilton)  7:55


[# 1-8]
Mary Lou Williams - p
Don Byas - ts
Buddy Banks - b
Gérard Pochonet - dr
Recorded in Paris ; December 2, 1953
[# 9-17]
Gerry Wiggins - p
Jean Bouchety - b
Buddy Banks - b [# 10 & 13]
Chico Hamilton - dr
Recorded in Paris ; September 20, 1950


mikey said...

2 great pianists!

velobrewer said...

Mary Lou! Thanks.

cvllos said...

Thank you Melanchthon!
A promissing encounter among great Jazzmen.
As always, the covers you present are supperb!
congrats & thanks!

yotte said...

I Love Mary Lou's playing and am unfamiliar with Jerry Wiggins. THANK YOU!

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you!

deGallo said...

Thank you for Wiggins, Williams.

Anonymous said...

Thank you - good stuff.

Anonymous said...

thank you for the wonderfull music

jazztap said...


Tibau said...

Two giants.!!
Big hug

fcapeau said...

Thanks, Mel, to post these old Parisian sessions i didn't listen to for a long time ! Was near ti forget them .....

madbebopper said...

Can someone please supply the password for opening up the download? That would be greatly appreciated.

Unknown said...

could you post Mary Lou Williams "A Keyboard History" orig. on Jazztone LP 1955, now on cd.
Ray Pratt

Mike said...

Thanks for presenting some rare Gerald Wiggins!

Melanchthon said...

AmyBRAINS said...

Thanks a lot, Melanchthon.

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glinka21 said...

And once again, thanks, Mel, for something so rare!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Scraps said...

I never heard this Mary Lou Williams. Thank you so much!