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Marty Williams

Bay Area jazz pianist and vocalist, Marty Williams, was called "The Catalyst" by San Francisco Chronicle critic Phil Elwood. Anna DeLeon of Anna's Jazz Island said: "Marty Williams is one of the Bay Area's treasures. His piano playing and singing are passionate, humorous, and unique. Think Oscar Brown Jr. plus Mose Allison plus Monk with just a dash of Redd Foxx! Yes, unique!" Marty's formal training came well after he received his "calling" — he tells the story of listening to Ahmad Jamal's album "Voices" as a turning point for him. Listening to that album and pondering the questions a young man faces in his life, Marty knew his destiny was to play the piano

Album

Long Time Comin'

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2011
Track listing: Brother (Where Are You); Caravan; Come Together; Compared to What; Falling In Love Again; Love for Sale; Mercy, Mercy, Mercy; Monk's Dream; On A Clear Day; Sunny; Sweet and Lovely; The Look of Love.

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Article: Album Review

Marty Williams: Long Time Comin'

Read "Long Time Comin'" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Bay Area fixture Marty Williams does not have a pretty singing voice. It doesn't need to be because it is a commanding one--readily identifiable, friendly, accessible and honest. and worth much more than being pretty. Doubly talented, Williams has a piano style right out of the righteous songbook of Junior Mance, Les McCann, and Gene Harris, ...


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