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Jeff Williams: Another Time

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Veteran drummer Jeff Williams, a charter member of the early ’70s band Lookout Farm, fronts a formidable quartet on this highly interactive outing, his third as a leader. Emerging as a composer in the 1990s, Williams continues to write the bulk of material on his infrequent recordings. The best cuts include the loosely swinging “Search Me,” which establishes an early ’60s free-jazz tone for the project, and the loping “She Can’t Be a Spy,” where alto saxophonist John O’Gallagher and trumpeter Duane Eubanks conjure a coolly compelling Eric Dolphy/Booker Little vibe. The intricate “Double Life” exhibits the leader’s light polyrhythmic flow underneath O’Gallagher’s potent alto work, while the lyrical “Go Where You’re Watching” demonstrates his sensitive brushwork alongside bassist John Hébert, who contributes the Ornette-ish “Fez.” The stirring title track offers further evidence of Williams’ growth as a composer.

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