Tony Williams : BEST DRUM SOLO EVER? Check that bass drum for real!

tonywilliams009.jpgTony Williams Drum Solo

Tony Williams is an original drummer that introduced many new stylistic changes to the jazz/fusion world.

Among his stylistic characteristics were the freeing up of the hi-hat from its traditional role of maintaining beats two and four and a more pulse-oriented approach to the ride cymbal, which foreshadowed the use of straight-eighth rock rhythms in jazz. Many consider Williams the first “fusion” drummer.

Williams recorded several albums with Davis that are considered classics, including Four & More, Sorcerer, Nefertiti and In A Silent Way. During the six years he was with Davis, Williams also released two solo albums, Lifetime and Spring, on which he revealed his affinity for the avant-garde style of jazz. During those years Williams also appeared on Hancock’s Maiden Voyage and Eric Dolphy’s Out to Lunch albums.

After leaving Davis, Williams formed the band Lifetime with guitarist John McLaughlin and organist Larry Young, releasing the album Emergency. Combining the technique and finesse of jazz with the energy and volume of rock, Lifetime paved the way for such bands as McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra and Chick Corea’s Return to Forever. Lifetime endured through several personnel changes, and on albums such as Believe It and Million Dollar Legs Williams became increasingly involved with rock and funk rhythms. But as with his jazz playing, he was never merely imitative.

“On those first records with Lifetime, I was just trying to do something that no one else had done,” Williams said in 1983. “I had been hearing things that other people had done, and I thought, ‘Wow, if they can do that, then I can do this.’ Also, I didn’t want to repeat what I had already done.”


~ by Dudegotchops on October 16, 2007.

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