Recorded by DONALD BYRD on HARLEM BLUES
Landmark: LCD-1516 2 / Recorded September 22, 1987
Pianist JAMES WILLIAMS is one of contemporary jazz's most prominent and prolific composers, writing first for the Jazz Messengers and then for his own groups, including his current working group I.C.U. Williams' writing skills have been utilized by numerous artists, including Gary Burton, Art Farmer, Tommy Flanagan, the Boys Choir of Harlem, and on this recording with legendary trumpeter Donald Byrd. This Latin rhythm piece, recorded here by a quintet, also includes parts for sextet performance, and is ideal for beginners.
1st part: Flute C treble clef, Trumpet, Alto Sax
2nd part: Soprano Sax (Trumpet or Tenor Sax), Alto Sax, Trombone
3rd part: Guitar, Tenor Sax, Trombone, Baritone Sax
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
This composition is playable by almost any group, but will challenge the sensitivity and musicality of even the most seasoned jazz musician. It works very well with either a 2- or 3-instrument front line.
SOLOS: The changes lend themselves well to inspiring lyrical, well-constructed solos. The inexperienced soloist gets plenty of time on each change, and the advanced player gets plenty of room to fully explore a key center before moving on.
James Williams "Alter Ego" Sunnyside 1007
Kevin Eubanks "Live at Bradley's" Blue Note 30133
Roy Hargrove "The Vibe" BMG 63132
Victor Lewis "Eeeyyess!" Enja 9311
Donald Byrd "Harlem Blues" Landmark 1516
JAMES WILLIAMS (b. 1951). After teaching at Berklee for 3 years, James joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in 1977 (in a group that included
Wynton Marsalis, Bobby Watson and Billy Pierce), where he played piano on 10 separate recordings. Since 1981, he has recorded more than 20 albums as a leader and another 20 as a sideman, many of which he also produced. He records his compositions in various settings, including vocal arrangements with the Boys Choir of Harlem and his new group, Intensive Care Unit. He has taught at the Hartt conservatory, was an artist-in-residence at Harvard and Dartmouth and continues to conduct clinics across the country and in Europe. James organized a 5-piano tour, "The Key Players," and produces critically acclaimed artist tributes at New York's Merkin Concert Hall. A "musician's musician," James' compositions such as Alter Ego, Fourplay, and Old Times Sake have been recorded by many Jazz greats including Blakey, Gary Burton, Art Farmer, Tommy Flanagan, Roy Hargrove, Clifford Jordan and T.S. Monk.
TO ORDER: take note of the publication's HL number and call Music Dispatch at 1-800-637-2852.
Or go to one of the following online music stores:
Stantons Sheet Music
Byron Hoyt Music
Sam Ash Music
Sheet Music Direct
Sheet Music Service
Sheet Music Online
Sheet Music Plus
Or, order from your local music dealer. Click here to locate your local music dealer.