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Jeff Williams: Bloom (Whirlwind)

Listening to Bloom reminds me of my first encounters with Ralph Peterson’s Triangular. Both records are drummer-led trio affairs, with an upcoming pianist busting moves that wax communal while stealing the show a bit. JazzTimes readers probably recall the pianist on Peterson’s 1989 jewel: Geri Allen. Carmen Staaf fans, a growth demographic, will be happy to learn that … Read More “Jeff Williams: Bloom (Whirlwind)”

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Lee Konitz/Dan Tepfer/Michael Jansch/Jeff Williams: First Meeting: Live in London, Volume 1

Saxophone icon Lee Konitz, pianist Dan Tepfer, bassist Michael Janisch and drummer Jeff Williams had never performed together before May 2010, when this disc was recorded live at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in London. It was an entirely “free” outing, as the liner notes tell us: “There was no rehearsal, plan, or preconceived notion … Read More “Lee Konitz/Dan Tepfer/Michael Jansch/Jeff Williams: First Meeting: Live in London, Volume 1”

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Jeff Williams: Another Time

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 … Read More “Jeff Williams: Another Time”

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