Recorded by ART FARMER on Ph.D.
Contemporary: CCD 14055-2 / Recorded April 3 & 4, 1989
Art Farmer recognized JAMES WILLIAMS' exemplary talents as a writer and performer. Guitarists will be sure to appreciate the legendary Kenny Burrell's work on these recordings.
1st part: Trumpet, Alto Sax, C treble clef
2nd part: Tenor Sax, Alto Sax
3rd part: Guitar, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Trombone
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
This arrangement contrasts an attractive flowing melody played by the first part with some impressive unison figures for all three front line instruments. This one will make the rhythm section - as well as the second and third front line instruments - count and concentrate on rhythmic accuracy as they are required to play some tricky off-beat hits exactly together at a fast tempo behind the first part's melody. This is a great piece with which to show off a band with good time and uptempo chops.
SOLOS: The solo section consists of 16 bars of modal soloing followed by 14 bars of formidable modern chord changes. They're not easy but can be mastered with practice.
recorded as Unlimited on Art Blakey/In This Korner (Concord 4068)
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.
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