Wishful Thinking – James Williams
Bright-toned despite its minor-key sound, this lyrical song was originally recorded with a specific Latin-rock feel but also works as a bossa or with other Latin grooves. A condensed score is available featuring the arrangement from the recording.
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- Recording: James Williams - Images (Of Things To Come)
- Recorded on: June, 1980
- Label: Concord (CJ 140)
- Concert Key: A minor, No key center
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Latin (medium) or Latin Rock
- Tenor Sax - Billy Pierce
- Piano - James Williams
- Bass - Charles Fambrough
- Drums - Carl Burnett
The recording features a distinctive Latin-rock groove—a funky 2-feel with a half-time backbeat in the drums. This song certainly works as a bossa or in other Latin groove settings, so instead of showing the rhythm section figures in the lead sheet we have a Concert Condensed Score based on the recording. The score shows both piano and drum comping rhythms, as well as a funky piano line that appears in the intro and coda.
As played by Billy Pierce on the recording, the melody goes quite high for tenor sax—at one point a half step outside the standard range (written F♯). The phrase with this note is indicated "optional 8vb" in our tenor lead sheet.
Billy Pierce played on no less than 12 of James Williams' albums—some throughout and others as a guest on one or two songs. James appears on four songs on Billy's debut album as a leader, "William The Conqueror" but didn't otherwise record under the latter's leadership.
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...