James Williams | JAZZ DIALOGUES: Volume 2, Focus

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JAZZ DIALOGUES: Volume 2, Focus

by James Williams

Jazz Piano. James Williams plays piano with a Who's Who of contemporary jazz musicians including Russell Malone, Jon Faddis, John Clayton and Houston Person.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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1. FOCUS with Peter Washington
7:39 album only
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2. GEE BABY AIN'T I GOOD TO YOU with Houston Person
6:06 album only
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3. PUT ON A HAPPY FACE with Russell Malone
5:31 album only
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4. I KNOW IT'S YOU with Roger Holland
6:02 album only
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5. EASY LIVING with Mary Stallings
4:19 album only
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6. FOURPLAY with Dave Stryker
6:49 album only
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7. FOR MY NEPHEWS with Ray Drummond
5:11 album only
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8. I'VE GOT THE WORLD ON A STRING with Steve Heck
7:10 album only
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9. GROOVIN' HIGH with Jon Faddis
4:33 album only
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10. THESE FOOLISH THINGS with Miles Griffin
4:13 album only
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11. DAYDREAM with John Clayton
7:00 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Jazz Pianist James Williams grew up in Memphis where he was steeped in gospel and blues. Those sounds still resonate in his playing. He taught piano at the Berklee School of Music in Boston during which time he had the opportunity to play with such notables as Allan Dawson, Dizzy Gillespie, and a host of others. He became recognized as well for his jazz compositions, such as Alter Ego, WillPower and others. In addition to composing, James Williams is a much-sought-after arranger and accompanist.

It was from his position at Berklee that he was asked to join Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers playing with with many of Blakee's protoges including Charles Fambrough, Billy Pierce, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, and Bobby Watson, to name a few.

Following his stint with Art Blakey, Williams became a favorite sideman for such jazz giants as Dizzy Gillespie, Milt Hinton, Milt Jackson, Joe Lovano, Ron Carter and many of the jazz greats that can be heard will Williams on this CD: Christian McBride, Etta Jones, Steve Wilson, Ron Carter, Russell Malone, Joe Lovano, Steve Nelson, Freddy Cole, Billy Pierce, and John Patitucci.

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