3

Buster Williams: Audacity

Mike Jurkovic By

Sign in to view read count
Buster Williams: Audacity
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

Album information

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

comments powered by Disqus

Watch

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

Read The Sudden Bird of Waiting
The Sudden Bird of Waiting
Patrick Brennan/Maria do Mar/Ernesto Rodrigues/Miguel Mira/Hernâni Faustino/Abdul Moimême
Read Myasmo
Myasmo
Mia Zabelka
Read Originations
Originations
Ryan Cohan
Read Dualisms
Dualisms
Michael Malis
Read Awareness
Awareness
Joe Sturges
Read Move On!
Move On!
Purdie / Fabian / Oswanski
Read Newton
Newton
Tony Bevan / Ashley Wales

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.