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Tony Williams: New Lifetime Revisited

Sounds Of Surprise

0377047be0c4106881ffa3986b86de25ac81cec2I’ve just had the pleasure of writing the liner notes for a new Tony Williams 3-CD collection, focusing on the mid-to-late 1970s, a period when the jazz/rock drum legend made some of the most electrifying music of his career.

The albums Believe It, Million Dollar Legs and The Joy Of Flying showcase some brilliant drum performances, and also highlight superb playing by key collaborators including Jan Hammer, Cecil Taylor, Allan Holdsworth, George Benson, Herbie Hancock and Tom Scott.

Here’s an excerpt from the liner notes with some musical highlights included. We join the action at the end of the 1960s, when Tony has just left Miles Davis’s band for the last time:

As the 1970s beckoned, Williams was looking beyond jazz to new fusions. He had always loved The Beatles, Motown, Cream and Jimi Hendrix, so the formation of Lifetime in 1969 seemed a natural progression. But this was…

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