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Darryl Williams: That Was Then

Is there room for another headlining smooth-jazz bass player to join the ranks of Wayman Tisdale, Brian Bromberg, Michael Manson and Gerald Veasley? In the case of Darryl Williams, the answer is an enthusiastic yes. He’s got the background: He’s Euge Groove’s touring bassist and has performed for a quarter-century with Hollis Gentry, Skip Martin, Chaka Khan, Celine Dion and Howard Hewitt, among others. In fact, the San Diego native now living in Las Vegas dedicates a song called “Time” on his debut CD to the late Gentry, a sax legend with the band Fattburger. It’s a slow groove that highlights Williams’ keyboard skills as well as current Fattburger members Evan Marks on guitar and Kevin Koch on drums.

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