Renaissance Lovers – James Williams
A minor ballad with a soaring melody supported by unique harmonies. Solo piano arrangement and MP3 performance available.
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- Recording: James Williams - Progress Report
- Recorded on: May 23-24, 1985
- Label: Sunnyside (SSC 1012)
- Concert Key: A minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Ballad
- Soprano Sax - Billy Pierce
- Guitar - Kevin Eubanks
- Piano - James Williams
- Bass - Rufus Reid
- Drums - Tony Williams
James Williams was a marvelous composer. He certainly could have filled his albums with nothing but his own great originals, but he was also serious about discovering and nurturing other composers. For example, on "Progress Report" he introduced two great compositions by fellow pianist Donald Brown, Affaire D'Amour (available as a big band arrangement) and Episode From A Village Dance (Quintet/Sextet).
Second Floor Music has printed combo charts and big band arrangements of the music of many of the talented musicians who played with the great jazz drummer and leader Art Blakey. See links to the publications by James Williams below. All are available for sale from MusicDispatch.com and other music stores.
Details on charts by James Williams
Alter Ego (Quintet/Sextet) - HL00000608, $25.00
Beauty Within (Big Band) (Arr. Geoff Keezer) - HL00000860, $45.00
Black Scholars (Sextet) - HL00000842, $25.00
A Certain Attitude (Sextet) - HL00000616, $25.00
The Changing Of The Guard (Sextet) - HL00000618, $25.00
Intensive Care Unit (I.C.U.) (Quintet) - HL00000764, $25.00
Ph.D. (Sextet) - HL00000516, $25.00
Progress Report (Sextet) - HL00000686, $25.00
Rise To The Occasion (Sextet) - HL00000512, $25.00
The Soulful Mr. Timmons (Sextet/Septet) - HL00000652, $25.00
What Do You Say Dr. 'J'? (Sextet) - HL00000650, $25.00
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...