Reflections In Blue – James Williams
An Art Blakey shuffle. Lead sheets for all instruments plus a separate bass part.
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- Recording: Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers - Reflections In Blue
- Recorded on: December 4, 1978
- Label: Timeless (SJP 128)
- Concert Key: G minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (shuffle - medium)
- Trumpet - Valery Ponomarev
- Alto Sax - Bobby Watson
- Tenor Sax - David Schnitter
- Piano - James Williams
- Bass - Dennis Irwin
- Drums - Art Blakey
Reflections In Blue illustrates how much fun it can be to play a shuffle. Simply put, to play this form you need to get in there and groove! This piece will let you showcase your best functional basslines that make the music happen and will allow you to “lock down the pocket,” as one of acclaimed Groove Master Bob Cranshaw’s favorite mantras goes. Again, this is a case in point of less is more, where it’s much more important to lay down a pocket then to go rogue and try to steal the show from the lead character. The main attraction here is the groove. Period.
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...