American drummer and composer who divides his time between New York and London. Williams has enjoyed a prolific career appearing with a galaxy of jazz stars from both sides of the Atlantic. “Another Time”, his third solo recording released October 2011.
Live album “The Listener” featuring the personnel from “Another Time” (Duane Eubanks-trumpet, John O’Gallagher-alto sax, John Hebert-double bass) released June 2013.
“Outlier” featuring his British quintet (Josh Arcoleo -tenor sax, Kit Downes - piano, Phil Robson -guitar, Sam Lasserson -bass) released on Whirlwind in March 2016.
"A high degree of group interaction with Williams subtly dictating proceedings from the drums. With a strong balance between composition and improvisation the album absorbs and impresses throughout "
"An ensemble that excelled both collectively and individually, suitably tight on written ensemble passages, commendably loose and creative when soloing."
"This is an excellent band and the musicianship is impeccable throughout. "
"A top notch British band plays superbly throughout with Williams' intelligent but approachable compositions giving them plenty to get their teeth into. "
"This isn’t a band that’s prepared to sit on its laurels, each performance challenges the musicians and pushes at the boundaries of the written material. A highly worthwhile listening experience."
JAZZ MANN FEATURES
Ian Mann is educated and entertained by the first date of a tour celebrating the life and music of trumpeter Dizzy Reece performed by pianist Trevor Watkis and a stellar international quintet.
Ian Mann enjoys the final day of the Festival and performances by Flying Machines, the Monty Alexander Trio and Bill Laurance and the WDR Big Band conducted by Bob Mintzer.