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Born in Chicago and growing up in Boston, Williams began studies with master drummer Alan Dawson at an early age and began playing professionally at the age of 13 with saxophonist Sam Rivers. Jackie McLean hired Williams at 16. At 17 Williams found considerable fame with Miles Davis, joining a group that was later dubbed Davis's "Second Great Quintet." His first album as a leader, 1964's Life Time (not to be confused with the name of his band "Lifetime," which he formed several years later) was recorded during his tenure with Davis. Williams was a vital element of the group, called by Davis in his autobiography "the center of the group's sound". [citation needed] His inventive playing helped redefine the role of jazz rhythm section through the use of polyrhythms and metric modulation (transitioning between mathematically related tempos and/or time signatures). But perhaps his overarching achievement was in demonstrating, through his playing, that the drummer need not be relegated to timekeeping and accompaniment in a jazz ensemble; that the drummer may be free to contribute to the performance as an equal partner in the improvisation. In 1969, he formed a trio, "The Tony Williams Lifetime," with John McLaughlin on guitar and Larry Young on organ

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Article: Interview

Zakir Hussain: Making Music, Part 1-2

Read "Zakir Hussain: Making Music, Part 1-2" reviewed by Ian Patterson


"Everybody wants to play with Zakir. He's amazing..." The words were spoken by Herbie Hancock, one of many musicians who paid tribute to the great Indian tabla player and composer Zakir Hussain on the occasion of his Lifetime Achievement Award from the San Francisco Jazz Centre in 2017. In a short film made for ...

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Article: Interview

Homage and Acknowledgment: A Conversation with Wallace Roney

Read "Homage and Acknowledgment: A Conversation with Wallace Roney" reviewed by AAJ Staff


From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in September 2001. The following conversation took place in Wallace Roney's room at Wyndham Hotel in downtown Montreal on Sunday, July 8th 2001, the day after he performed Miles and Miles: A Musical Journey, his tribute commemorating both the seventy-fifth anniversary of ...

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Article: Under the Radar

A Different Drummer, Part 4: The Zildjian Legacy

Read "A Different Drummer, Part 4: The Zildjian Legacy" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


They are the oldest family-owned business in the world, recognized globally by musicians from every genre. The Avedis Zildjian Company--known simply as Zildjian --traces its history to the ancient cymbals of the Middle East and Asia. Almost four hundred years ago, Avedis, an Armenian metalsmith and alchemist in seventeenth-century Istanbul, discovered an alloy of tin, copper, ...

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Article: Book Review

Beneath Missouri Skies: Pat Metheny in Kansas City 1964-1972

Read "Beneath Missouri Skies: Pat Metheny in Kansas City 1964-1972" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


Beneath Missouri Skies: Pat Metheny in Kansas City 1964-1972 Carolyn Glenn Brewer 266 Pages ISBN: # 978-1-57441-823-1 University of North Texas Press 2021 Although Pat Metheny is in many aspects a global citizen, he is first and foremost a native of Missouri. His midwestern-American background and influences appear in ...

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Article: Radio

Miles Davis, Bill Laswell, John McLaughlin, Bob Berg, Kai Eckhardt and more

Read "Miles Davis, Bill Laswell, John McLaughlin, Bob Berg, Kai Eckhardt and more" reviewed by Len Davis


On today's program we feature music from a live concert from Warsaw with Miles Davis, Jack DeJohnette, plus John McLaughlin and Jimmy Herring from a live concert in San Francisco and Larry Coryell, Victor Bailey and Lenny White. Playlist Miles Davis “Hopscotch" from Live in Poland Warsaw 1983 (Gambit) 00:00 Jack DeJohnette “Miles" from ...

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News: Recording

The Complete Joe Henderson Blue Note Studio Sessions Now Available on Mosaic Records

The Complete Joe Henderson Blue Note Studio Sessions Now Available on Mosaic Records

When you get your copy of Mosaic’s new five-CD collector’s set, The Complete Joe Henderson Blue Note Studio Sessions, you’ll be holding a master key to unlocking 1960s jazz. That’s a big statement. But when you consider how much was happening from 1963 to 1966, the years covered by this collection, and contemplate how many different ...

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Article: Radio

Gerald Gradwohl, Tigran Hamasyan, Adam Holzman and much more

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New releases featuring Gerald Gradwohl, Tigran Hamasyan, Adam Holzman and challenging music from Arcana, a re-release of Arc of the Testimony from 1997 featuring Bill Laswell and Tony Williams, Plus a new one from Zane Carney.Playlist Gerald Gradwohl “Let's Talk" from Episode 6 (Self Produced) 00:00 Tigran Hamasyan “Revisiting The Film" from Revisiting The ...

Article: Album Review

Cecil Taylor: Mixed to Unit Structures Revisited

Read "Mixed to Unit Structures Revisited" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala


La pubblicazione di Mixed To Unit Structures, nella meritevole collana Revisited Series della Ezz-thetics, sotto-etichetta della svizzera Hat Hut, riunisce due date di registrazione importanti nella vicenda di Cecil Taylor, distribuite tra l'ottobre 1961 e il maggio 1966. La prima, composta dai tre brani “Pots," “Bulbs" e “Mixed," era stata pubblicata dall'etichetta Impulse! nel disco Into ...

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Article: Interview

Logan Richardson: To Boldly Go Where No Jazz Has Gone Before

Read "Logan Richardson:  To Boldly Go Where No Jazz Has Gone Before" reviewed by Chris May


In a 2016 interview, jny: Kansas City-born alto saxophonist Logan Richardson said: “Jazz will constantly change because there's constantly a new us, new times. There will always be a fight from the conformists--but they don't represent where the tradition is coming from." Richardson was talking not long after the release of his adventurous Blue Note album, ...


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