JEFF WILLIAMS - LIVE AT LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL: ROAD TALES [LP]
Cat. no: WR4768LP
Release Date: 20th November 2020
Ohio native Jeff Williams cut his teeth playing with the likes of Stan Getz and Dave Liebman in the febrile atmosphere of 1970s New York, but London is now his second home and his free-ranging creativity both as drummer and as composer, coupled with his dedication as a teacher and bearer of the tradition, has embedded him deep into the UK scene.
This recording features an all-star cast of his longtime collaborators, with altoist John O’Gallagher and Josh Arcoleo on tenor making a ferocious twin-horn frontline and virtuoso bassist Sam Lasserson completing the rhythm section. With all the compelling immediacy of a live concert recording, ‘Road Tales’ documents how the shared experiences of being a band on the road for a decade or so has shaped a musical narrative, as each member tells the story of those experiences, and shows how they established their own identity within the compositions.
Williams’ compositions give his band a wonderfully diverse span of moods and colours to work with, and they rise to each occasion magnificently. ‘Road Tales’, his sixth release for Whirlwind, marks the latest stage on a continuous musical journey for Williams and
his musical partners.
“I love to have a band that is able to take chances - It’s wonderful the way this group can develop my compositions, with their ability to take things as far as possible without going over the cliff. There aren’t many actual on-going bands in jazz anymore. The fact that this is one is something I’m proud of. That’s the only way a performance of this type becomes possible.”
Tracks: New And Old / The Interloper / Borderline / Oddity / Under The Radar / Scrunge / Search Me / She Can’t Be A Spy / Double Life