Fond Times With Junior – James Williams
A lyrical minor blues head in an unlikely key. It was recorded on an all-star tribute album to the late Phineas Newborn, Jr.
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- Recording: Contemporary Piano Ensemble - Four Pianos For Phineas
- Recorded on: June 30, 1989
- Label: Somethin' Else (TOCJ 5528)
- Concert Key: F-sharp minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (uptempo)
- Piano - James Williams
- Bass - Bob Cranshaw
- Drums - Billy Higgins
There is a 16-measure intro that vamps D6 to C♯7(♯9) with a Latin groove. Our lead sheets show piano comping rhythms below the staff; on the recording the bass and drums catch most of the hits in the last four measures of the head.
Fond Times With Junior is the only F♯ minor blues we have so far on jazzleadsheets.com. In fact, the only other jazzleadsheets.com songs in this key are both by James Williams! Check out Mr. Day's Dream and A Touching Affair. Two more great F♯ minor blues heads are Charles Tolliver's Cancellation and Freddie Hubbard's Down Under.
March 8, 1951 – July 20, 2004
James Williams' distinguished career began in the city in which he was raised: Memphis, Tennessee. Having taken up piano at the age of thirteen, he graduated from Memphis State University in the early seventies and threw himself into his city's jazz community. Only a year after attaining his degree, Williams was hired as a professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Coming to a new city opened up an entirely new scene for the young pianist, who began to play as a sideman for visiting artists like Red Norvo, Art Farmer, Sonny Stitt and Milt Jackson. When Art Blakey met him in 1977, he convinced the then-26 year-old Williams to resign from Berklee and go on tour with the Jazz Messengers, a post he held for the next four years and with whom he would win a Grammy Award nomination for the album "Straight Ahead." Read more...