Impressions of Mary Lou

Impressions of Mary Lou is an album by pianist John Hicks which was recorded in 1998 and released on the HighNote label.[1] The album features eight compositions by Mary Lou Williams along with five by Hicks.

Impressions of Mary Lou
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 29, 2000
RecordedJune 19, 1998
Audiomation Studio, Pittsburgh, PA
HCD 7046
ProducerCecil Brooks III
John Hicks chronology
Trio + Strings
Impressions of Mary Lou


Allmusic reviewed the album stating "What is so compelling about Hicks' salute to Williams is that he ignores her best known secular works; he sticks mostly to excerpts from her religious compositions, which, of course, still swing mightily... Recommended".[2] JazzTimes said "Hicks does a good job getting inside the tunes and developing them in his own way... Admirers of Hicks and Williams should enjoy this well-executed homage".[3]

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Track listing

All compositions by Mary Lou Williams except as indicated

  1. "Lord Have Mercy" - 4:31
  2. "Ballad for Mary Lou" (John Hicks) - 3:21
  3. "O.W." - 4:08
  4. "Old Time Spiritual" - 3:45
  5. "Mary Lou's Interlude" (Hicks) - 4:09
  6. "Medi II" - 7:54
  7. "Not Just Your Blues" (Hicks) - 4:31
  8. "Intermission" (Williams, Milton Suggs) - 4:58
  9. "Not Too Straight" (Hicks) - 4:03
  10. "Two for You" (Hicks) - 4:31
  11. "Aries" - 2:15
  12. "The Lord Says" - 3:55



  • Cecil Brooks III - producer
  • George Heid - engineer


  1. John Hicks discography accessed February 25, 2015
  2. Dryden, K., Allmusic Review, accessed February 25, 2015
  3. Baker, D., JazzTimes Review, May 2001
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