Tony Williams – One of the Supreme Jazz Drummers (1975)

SKF NOTE: A 45-year old concert review (Down Beat, Oct. 9, 1975) of the Tony Williams Lifetime. Hard to imagine. This is the Fred Lifetime: Alan Holdsworth (gtr), Alan Pasqua (keyboards), Tony Newton (bass), and Tony Williams.

DB Reviewer Scott Albin is glad Tony doesn’t sing with this band. “[S]o we no longer have to endure his falsetto voice and ridiculous lyrics,” writes Albin. (True confession: I never liked Tony’s singing either.)

The reviewer goes on to say, “…Tony Williams is still one of the supreme jazz drummers. Few play with such an elevated combination of quickness and precision. His cymbal-work is still outstanding.” Yes, indeed.

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