James Williams presents solo piano arrangements of his original compositions, many recorded by James and by other major jazz
artists. This is a brilliant insight into the creative mind of one of today's most prolific pianists and composers. The book displays the complete spectrum of James's compositions, including medium-tempo tunes, fast-paced swingers, Latin titles, and ballads. See how a master of the instrument adapts different songs to solo playing. Study James's voicings to see how he approaches harmony. All titles are accompanied by recording credits and chord symbols. An opportunity for fascinating insights into the creative mind of a contemporary pianist and composer.
The Changing Of The Guard
For My Nephews
Images (Of Things To Come)
The Lovers' Celebration
Mr. Day's Dream
A Touching Affair
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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