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Jeff Williams: Lifelike

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Sounding as real as real gets, Lifelike's forward thinking drummer/composer Jeff Williams' heady sextet sure sound like they're all sitting in on a late night, cramped back room cutting session, with each player challenging, coaxing the other to new heights and horizons. Williams, an alumni of such name drops as Stan Getz, Dave Liebman, Ted Curson, Lee Konitz and Joe Lovano, knows a thing or twenty about assembling and writing for hot bands and Lifelike, recorded live last ...

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Jeff Williams: Lifelike

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Based in London and Brooklyn, drummer Jeff Williams is a busy man. In addition to gigging and recording with his own group he currently teaches at the Royal Academy Of Music and at the Birmingham Conservatoire in the UK. This is Williams's fourth album for Whirlwind since his debut on the label with 2011's Another Time and the follow-up to 2016's Outlier. Recorded live at London's Vortex Jazz Club on 13 June 2017, Lifelike features a top-notch cast of musicians ...

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Jeff Williams: Outlier

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Drummer Jeff Williams is an American expatriate now residing in London, England. Following his formal drumming studies commencing in 1968 at Berklee College of Music, Williams became a seasoned veteran of the U.S. jazz scene, accompanying some of the biggest names in the business including Stan Getz, Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Richie Beirach, Cedar Walton, Lee Konitz, Bill Evans, John Scofield, and Miroslav Vitous. Outlier is his third album for Whirlwind and he's assembled a great line-up of British jazz ...

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Jeff Williams: The Listener

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It may be a poor-man's explanation, but here it goes: bebop begat hard bop begat the freer post-bop. Free jazz emerged among them. What next? Jeff Williams' The Listener. The greater freedom of post bop compared to its predecessor is given more freedom, but not so much that the music descends into the ravenous particles of John Coltrane In Japan (Impulse!, 1973). So, where does that leave us? Williams often programs solos against the ...

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Jeff Williams: The Listener

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Drummer Jeff Williams spent the first part of his career building a name for himself as a supporting player, laying down the rhythmic law for Lookout Farm and serving as sideman to the jazz stars, but these days he's making waves as a leader. He turned plenty of heads with Another Time (Whirlwind Recordings Ltd., 2011), which announced his return to recording under his own name and featured a potent piano-less quartet; that same foursome returns for this intriguing live ...

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Jeff Williams: Another Time

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Drummer Jeff Williams' affiliation with New York City's fabled loft scene, amid stints with saxophonist Dave Liebman's revered 1970s band Lookout Farm, is but one highlight of a sprawling career positioned in numerous jazz-based platforms. On this quartet date, featuring an impressive supporting lineup, Williams draws a paradox of sorts via subtle complexities often filtered through modern mainstream and off-kilter thematic ventures. His crafty use of space decrees a purer concentration on soloing activities; unhurried, but deterministic, the artist's uncanny ...

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Jeff Williams: Another Time

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The catch-all term “playing time" is often used as a descriptor for drummers that find a steady, supportive pattern and play it ad infinitum, whether to the benefit or detriment of a band, but that definition has always been limiting. Drummer Jeff Williams, for example, has and plays impeccable time, but he paints around the lines and shifts patterns to accent and highlight what's happening in the music at any given moment. He's the rare drummer who understands and conceptualizes ...

Jeff Williams: Drums in the House

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Good communication. Support. Awareness. Understanding. Growth. Creativity. Fun. These are just some of the important ideas that come to mind when I think about a good relationship, whether as a partner in love or in music. One such talented musician embodying these ideas and many more is the amazing drummer Jeff Williams.

Jeff Williams and I met in Brooklyn over fifteen years ago when I was lucky enough (or crazy enough) to have a non-stop “session apartment". Every ...

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The Scott Lee Quartet / The Jeff Williams Quintet: With Ease / Jazzblues

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Hard Bop/Post Bop. Cathexis records has released two collections of crashing, banging, squealing Hard/Post Bop Jazz. Bassist Scott Lee and Drummer Jeff Williams lead quartet and quintet combos respectively. This is music that owes much to and extends the language created by Miles Davis’ ‘60s quintet. The music on both is thoughtful and controlled without ever being boring or contrived. Percussion is the name of the game and it is fine through out. Music like this displays the importance of ...