Personalities | Tony Williams | Sixties | Jazz & Blues

(Drums, 1945–97)

Aged 14, Boston-born drum prodigy Tony Williams worked professionally with tenor saxophonist Sam Rivers. In 1962 he went to New York, played with Jackie McLean, then became part of one of Miles Davis’s greatest bands. A dazzling colourist and dynamic rhythm-maker, Williams recorded two albums for Blue Note and played with many of the label’s stars before establishing the breakthrough fusion band Lifetime. After a hiatus, Williams re-emerged in the late 1980s, leading a post-bop quintet of promising young players. He died of a heart attack in 1997 aged 51.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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