Tony Williams

finnhiggins

GONE MUCH TOO EARLY!!!
Re: did everyone forget TONY FRIGGIN WILLIAMS?!?!?!

AgroJJunk said:
i cant believe it took THIS long for a Tony Williams thread.
the guy's the best
n'uff said.
Yup. Maybe that's why there's no thread?
 

Superlow

Pioneer Member
Re: TONY WILLIAMS (did everyone forget?!?!?!)

No, I agree with Finn, It's a given with Tony Williams talent. I think the body of his work tends to be remembered as being somewhat differnent and off kilter, which is not a bad thing. He was so ahead of his time at such a young age. I personally enjoy his work on Miles in the Sky, ESP, and In a silent way. He also has pretty great stuff with Herbie Hancock as well.
 

darkcherryfade

Pioneer Member
Re: TONY WILLIAMS (did everyone forget?!?!?!)

Well now there is a thread, so no worries. Tony is amazing and everyone who cares even a slight bit about drumming owes it to themselves to hear some of his work.
 

finnhiggins

GONE MUCH TOO EARLY!!!
Re: TONY WILLIAMS (did everyone forget?!?!?!)

Superlow said:
No, I agree with Finn, It's a given with Tony Williams talent. I think the body of his work tends to be remembered as being somewhat differnent and off kilter, which is not a bad thing.
Definitely. There's not many drummers who've been on the forefront of new music in the way that Tony was with his first Lifetime record. We tend to follow rather than leading most of the time, which is one of the reasons Tony was such a great player - he was a leader even from his earliest recordings with Miles.

Good call on the recordings. I like Miles Smiles quite a lot as well. Never was a big fan of Four & More though for some reason, couldn't get into it. ESP and Miles Smiles really do it for me.

I really should listen to some of his more recent recordings though, I don't think I've listened to anything newer than 1980 or so in any depth.
 

theduke86

Senior Consultant
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Tony Williams is one of the greatest players in history, and is my personal favorite drummer. He had his playing and individual style completely together by age 16-17. Incredible.
 

fly

Member
Re: TONY WILLIAMS (did everyone forget?!?!?!)

Tony is such a influential cat. Man it seems like all the modern cats who have some really heavy s*** happening have all checked out like tony to the max. I look at Tony as someone like Miles u know, someone who was always changing and trying new things, he was seriously dangerous. Lets not forget about his compositions either I mean he was much more than just a drummer.
 
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Re: TONY WILLIAMS (did everyone forget?!?!?!)

to be honest, i think since tony elvin, and mayb dejohnette, there hasn't been any1 who has really changed the way people think bout playing the drums like they did. Mayb some of the free jazz guys too but thats a little different in my opinion.
 

Peter J

Junior Member
After looking at the list of everyone's favorite drummers I thought it would be sacrilegious not to have the late great Tony Williams listed. Tony's sense of time and placement- I believe are unequaled-- not to mention the commitment in his playing--For those not familiar with his work I highly recommend his album "Believe It' -it kills


Keep the Faith
 

Jarek Witkowski

Junior Member
Tony Williams is one of my favorite drummers.
I like his work with Miles Davis.
I do not mean Tony Williams is better than Steve Gadd.
I like their playing both the same.
Well, he was very important for Jazz world.
 

TOMANO

Senior Member
His work with Miles perfectly reflected the revolutionary nature of the music. Tony was a searcher who used his instrument to seek a higher ground. His work in the Lifetime is outrageous and innovative and remarkable. Tony raised the bar that sets the standard for musicality for drummers and conviction for composers.
 

Gary Husband

DRUMMERWORLD PRO DRUMMER
Oh yeah. So happy to read people writing of him in this way. To me one of the great greats of all time. A true artist, visionary and poet. One of them comes along like him (if we're lucky) once in a lifetime.



Gary Husband
 

Drummer Karl

KARL MEMBER
Gary said:
Oh yeah. So happy to read people writing of him in this way. To me one of the great greats of all time. A true artist, visionary and poet. One of them comes along like him (if we're lucky) once in a lifetime.



Gary Husband
Hihi...Gary...you can just write good of him. lol...He is just amazing and awesome and great!
I love his playing...his style...Yes, he is gone much too early...:-(
 
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