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In Pictures

Buster Willams' Quartet at the Perry Pavilion

Read "Buster Willams' Quartet at the Perry Pavilion" reviewed by Mark Robbins


Bassist Buster Williams decided after 30 years as a side man to the greats to step up and present his own music and his own musical ideas. In 1990 he formed Something More and has traveled the world and the United States numerous times including the first international jazz festival in jny:Moscow. The Virginia Arts Festival hosted the latest version of Something More in the Perry Pavilion in downtown jny:Norfolk. Appearing with Williams was composer, educator, and multi award winning ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Kurt Elling, Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio & Buster Williams

Read "Kurt Elling, Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio & Buster Williams" reviewed by Joe Dimino


From legendary bassist Buster Williams, we stride into the 748th Episode of Neon Jazz. After Buster, we hear from his old friend, guitarist Larry Coryell. In that esteemed group of veterans, we also hear from the 95-year old guitarist George Freeman and a new song off his 2022 album Everybody Say Yeah. Along with old school songs, we hear new songs from Anna Laura Quinn, Kurt Elling, Delvon Lamarr and Ron Jackson. Finally, we hear music from a 1966 Norm ...

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Interview

Adam Kahan: Capturing the Essence of Jazz in a Film

Read "Adam Kahan: Capturing the Essence of Jazz in a Film" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Too many are the documentaries produced and directed in a formulaic way using archival clips, photos, and hastily staged interviews that are intended to make a series of facts evident and bring out a few key points. At their best, they give a reasonably realistic illustrated depiction of people, places, and things. That is why a screening of the film Buster Williams: From Bass to Infinity proved to be jaw-dropping in the way it revealed the music and musicians without ...

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Film Review

Buster Williams: Bass to Infinity

Read "Buster Williams: Bass to Infinity" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Buster Williams: Bass to Infinity Director: Adam Kahan Distributor or Film Company USA: 90 minutes Premier Date: Nov. 12, 2019 This is an exceptional jazz film that most likely would have made its way into art theaters around the world were it not that four months after its premier in jny: New York City, the pandemic struck, and most theaters closed down. However, it is readily available on the web, for example at Amazon ...

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Album Review

Buster Williams: Audacity

Read "Audacity" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


On Audacity, his first disc as the man-in-charge since 2004's restorative Griot Liberte, venerable bassist and jazz gentlemen Buster Williams delivers a stellar set of six potent, highly charged originals mixed generously with originals from long-time band members saxophonist Steve Wilson, drummer Lenny White and pianist George Colligan. Generous is the key word here. Humble yet eminently assured of his ability, agility and legacy, Williams spans the decades from '69 with Herbie Hancock's jazz/rock Mwandishi sextet through contemporary ...

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Interview

Buster Williams: Take No Prisoners

Read "Buster Williams: Take No Prisoners" reviewed by George Colligan


[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth]I first heard bassist Buster Williams on a Herbie Hancock recording called VSOP Live (Columbia, 1976). I remember thinking that their version of Hancock's “Toys" was pretty wild stuff. In addition to hearing him on some other recordings like Hancock's Sextant (Columbia, 1973)," the group Sphere's Four in One(Elektra/Musician, 1982), or Sarah Vaughan's Sassy Swings The Tivoli (Mercury, 1963), my friend David Ephross and I used ...

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Album Review

Buster Williams: Griot Libert

Read "Griot Libert" reviewed by Brandt Reiter


All great jazz essentially tells the same story: “This is what it's like to be alive, right here, right now. First-call bass vet Buster Williams' latest disc, Griot Libertè, while no exception, tells an additional one: he loves his wife. Using her recovery from a serious illness as a jumping off point, Williams leads a crack quartet with vibraphonist Stefon Harris, pianist George Colligan, and drummer Lenny White through a post bop program of six excellent self-penned originals and two ...


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