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Before & After with Ben Williams

Making it sound so easy

Brian Bromberg
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Ben Williams

Since winning the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Bass Competition in 2009, Ben Williams recorded his 2011 debut as a leader, the critically acclaimed State of Art (Concord Jazz); formed his own group, Sound Effect; and continued recording and working with top acts including the Pat Metheny Unity Band. The 29-year-old acoustic and electric bassist appears most recently on the newly released NEXT Collective CD from Concord Jazz, a pop, rock, R&B and hip-hop covers project also featuring Christian Scott, Kris Bowers, Jamire Williams, Gerald Clayton, Matthew Stevens, Walter Smith III and Logan Richardson. Though he’s been in New York since his days at Juilliard, I caught up with Williams the day after Christmas in his hometown of Washington, D.C.

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