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Anthony Tillmon Williams was born in 1945 in Chicago. His family moved to Boston where he was reared. He took up drums while in third grade. Before he was out of high school he was sitting in with musicians around Boston. Miles hired him when he was 18. The rest is legend.




Anthony Tillmon "Tony" Williams (December 12, 1945 — February 23, 1997) was an American jazz drummer.

Widely regarded as one of the most important and influential jazz drummers to come to prominence in the 1960s, Williams first gained fame in the band of trumpeter Miles Davis, and was a pioneer of jazz fusion.



Biography
Early life and career
Born in Chicago and growing up in Boston, Williams began studies with drummer Alan Dawson at an early age and began playing professionally at the age of 13 with saxophonist Sam Rivers. Saxophonist Jackie McLean hired Williams at 16.

With Miles Davis
At 17 Williams found considerable fame with Miles Davis, joining a group that was later dubbed Davis's "Second Great Quintet." Williams was a vital element of the group, called by Davis in his autobiography "the center that the group's sound revolved around"[2]. His inventive playing helped redefine the role of jazz rhythm section through the use of polyrhythms and metric modulation (transitioning between mathematically related tempos and/or time signatures).

Williams's first album as a leader, 1964's Life Time (not to be confused with the name of his band "Lifetime," which he formed several years later) was recorded during his tenure with Davis.

Tony Williams Lifetime
In 1969, he formed a trio, "The Tony Williams Lifetime," with John McLaughlin on guitar, and Larry Young on organ. Jack Bruce on bass was added later. It was a pioneering band of the fusion movement, a combination of rock, R&B, and jazz. Their first album, Emergency!, was largely rejected by the jazz community at the time of its release. Today, Emergency! is considered by many to be a fusion classic.

After McLaughlin's departure, and several more albums, Lifetime disbanded. In 1975, Williams put together a band he called "The New Tony Williams Lifetime," featuring bassist Tony Newton, pianist Alan Pasqua, and English guitarist Allan Holdsworth, which recorded two albums for Columbia Records, Believe It and Million Dollar Legs respectively.

V.S.O.P.
In mid-1976, Williams was a part of a reunion of sorts with his old Miles Davis band compatriots, pianist/keyboardist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter. Miles was in the midst of a six year hiatus and was replaced by Freddie Hubbard. The record was later released as V.S.O.P. ("Very Special OneTime Performance") and was highly instrumental in increasing the popularity of acoustic jazz. The group went on to tour and record for several years, releasing a series of live albums under the name "V.S.O.P." or "The V.S.O.P. Quintet." (The CD reissues of these albums are sold under Herbie Hancock's name - making things a bit confusing since the original V.S.O.P. album, which alone was a Hancock album, is not currently available on CD.)

With the group Fuse One, he released two albums in 1980 and 1982.

Later career
Although not a long lasting project, in 1979, Tony Williams got together once again with guitarist John McLaughlin, and bassist Jaco Pastorius for a one-time performance at the Havana Jazz Festival. This trio came to be known as the Trio of Doom, and this performance was recorded and recently released. Previously unreleased, this material opens with a powerful drum improvisation by Tony, followed by Mclaughlin's "Dark Prince" and Jaco's "Continuum", Tony's original composition "Para Oriente" and Mclaughlin's "Are you the one?".

In 1985, Williams recorded an album for Blue Note Records entitled Foreign Intrigue, which featured the playing of pianist Mulgrew Miller and trumpeter Wallace Roney. Later that year he formed a quintet with Miller and Roney which also featured tenor and soprano saxophonist Bill Pierce and bassist Charnett Moffett (later Ira Coleman). This band played Williams' compositions almost exclusively (the Lennon/McCartney song "Blackbird", the standard "Poinciana", and the Freddie Hubbard blues "Birdlike" being the exceptions) and toured and recorded throughout the remainder of the 1980s and into the early 1990s. This rhythm section also recorded as a trio.

Williams also played drums for the band Public Image Limited fronted by former Sex Pistols singer John Lydon on their 1986 released album/cassette/compact disc (the album title varied depending on the format). He played on the songs "FFF", "Rise" (a modest hit) and "Home". Bill Laswell (see below) co-wrote those 3 songs with Lydon. Interestingly, the other drummer on that album was Ginger Baker, who played in Cream with Jack Bruce, who was the bass player with the Tony Williams Lifetime.

Williams lived and taught in the San Francisco Bay Area until his death from a heart attack following routine gall bladder surgery. One of his final recordings was Arcana, a release organized by prolific bass guitarist Bill Laswell.

A track on the Miles Davis boxed set The Complete In a Silent Way Sessions (which is also featured on Davis' album Water Babies), "Dual Mr. Anthony Tillmon Williams Process", is named after Williams.

Discography
As leader
1964: Life Time (Blue Note)
1965: Spring (Blue Note)
1978: Joy of Flying (Columbia)
1980: Play Or Die (P.S. Productions) - with Tom Grant and Patrick O'Hara [4]
1982: Third Plane (Carrere) - with Ron Carter and Herbie Hancock
1985: Foreign Intrigue (Blue Note)
1986: Civilization (Blue Note)
1988: Angel Street (Blue Note)
1989: Native Heart (Blue Note)
1991: The Story of Neptune (Blue Note)
1992: Tokyo Live (Blue Note)
1993: Unmasked (Atlantic)
1996: Wilderness (Ark 21)
1998: Young at Heart (Columbia)
[edit] With Tony Williams Lifetime
1969: Emergency!
1970: Turn It Over
1971: Ego
1972: The Old Bum's Rush
1975: Believe It
1976: Million Dollar Legs

As sideman
With Allan Holdsworth

Atavachron (1986) track 5
With Andrew Hill

Point of Departure
With Arcana
The Last Wave (1996)
Arc of the Testimony (1997)
With Branford Marsalis

Renaissance
With Eric Dolphy

Out to Lunch
With Jonas Hellborg and the Soldier String Quartet

The Word
With Grachan Moncur III

Evolution
Some Other Stuff
With Herbie Hancock

Empyrean Isles
Maiden Voyage
My Point of View
Town Hall Concert
Sunlight
V.S.O.P.
V.S.O.P.: The Quintet
V.S.O.P.: Live Under the Sky
V.S.O.P.: Tempest in the Colosseum
Quartet
Herbie Hancock Trio
Future2Future (posthumously)
With Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter and Wallace Roney

A Tribute to Miles
With Jackie McLean

One Step Beyond
Vertigo
New Wine In Old Bottles
With Kenny Dorham

Una Mas (1963)
With McCoy Tyner

Supertrios
With Michel Petrucciani

Marvellous (1994)
With Miles Davis

Seven Steps to Heaven (1963)
Miles Davis in Europe (1963)
Four & More (1964)
My Funny Valentine
Miles Davis in Tokyo (1964)
Miles in Berlin (1964)
E.S.P. (1965)
The Complete Live at the Plugged Nickel (1965)
Miles Smiles (1966)
Sorcerer (1966)
Nefertiti (1967)
Miles in the Sky (1968)
Filles de Kilimanjaro (1968)
Water Babies
In a Silent Way (1969)
With Public Image Limited

Album
Ray Manzarek, Larry Carlton, Jerry Scheff

The Golden Scarab
With Ron Carter

Third Plane
Etudes
With Sam Rivers

Fuchsia Swing Song
With Sonny Rollins

No Problem
With Stan Getz

Captain Marvel
With Stanley Clarke

Stanley Clarke
With Travis Shook

Travis Shook
With Wayne Shorter

The Soothsayer
With Weather Report

Mr. Gone
With Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis
With Jaco Pastorius and John McLaughlin

Trio of Doom
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