All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

3

Buster Williams: Audacity

Mike Jurkovic By

Sign in to view read count
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 stints with, to name just a few, Kenny Barron, Nancy Wilson, Steve Turre, and Denny Zeitlin. He gives his players so much that, upon first casual listening, one might suspect this was a Wilson or Colligan date. Both players cover wide ranges in service to Buster's tight composing, from the free blowing, opening fire of "Where Giants Dwell" to the tuneful and tender "Ariana Ani" and the ten-minute luxury that is "Briana." Colligan's bright touch is particularly illuminating on the ballads (as is William's delicious solo on "Briana") and downright post-bop hard on the free-wheeling numbers that make up the bulk of the disc. White's incisive "Stumblin'" more than compliments the leader's energetic compositions with Wilson blowing long, Colligan comping wildly, and Williams displaying the resilient, earthy tone that has long been his calling card.

"Song of the Outcasts" shifts easily from exotica to the more mainstream, led this time by White (who unfortunately seems too low in the mix from time to time) and given flight by Wilson's crystal-clear, winding soprano. William's heart-racing "Triumph" and Wilson's equally infectious "Sisko" just make Audacity truly one of the highlight recordings of the new year, and a true celebration of the bassist's 75th year. Here's to many more!

Track Listing: Where Giants Dwell; Song of the Outcasts; Sisko; Ariana Anai; Lost On 4th Avenue; Stumblin'; Triumph; Briana; Audacity

Personnel: Buster Wiliiams - bass; Steve Wilson - tenor and soprano sax; Lenny White - drums; George Colligan - piano

Title: Audacity | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: Smoke Sessions Records

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Interviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Audacity

Audacity

Smoke Sessions Records
2018

buy
Live Volume 1

Live Volume 1

Buster Williams Productions
2008

buy
Griot Libert

Griot Libert

HighNote Records
2005

buy
Griot Libert

Griot Libert

HighNote Records
2004

buy
 

Pinnacle

32 Records
1999

buy

Related Articles

Read Uplift The People CD/LP/Track Review
Uplift The People
by John Sharpe
Published: August 21, 2018
Read A New Shade Of Blue CD/LP/Track Review
A New Shade Of Blue
by Chris May
Published: August 21, 2018
Read Rabbits on the Run CD/LP/Track Review
Rabbits on the Run
by Glenn Astarita
Published: August 21, 2018
Read Imaginary Numbers CD/LP/Track Review
Imaginary Numbers
by John Sharpe
Published: August 21, 2018
Read Point Blank CD/LP/Track Review
Point Blank
by Chris May
Published: August 20, 2018
Read Tell Me The Truth CD/LP/Track Review
Tell Me The Truth
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: August 20, 2018
Read "Life Stories" CD/LP/Track Review Life Stories
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: April 8, 2018
Read "For Lew" CD/LP/Track Review For Lew
by Jack Bowers
Published: April 18, 2018
Read "First Impressions" CD/LP/Track Review First Impressions
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 25, 2018
Read "Cycles of Animation" CD/LP/Track Review Cycles of Animation
by Troy Dostert
Published: December 11, 2017
Read "The Wandering Woods" CD/LP/Track Review The Wandering Woods
by Jim Olin
Published: October 9, 2017
Read "Just One More Time" CD/LP/Track Review Just One More Time
by James Fleming
Published: July 8, 2018