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 enjoys the first full day of the resurgent Brecon Jazz Festival and performances by Trefor Owen and Andy Hulme, Hot Club Gallois, Ian Shaw, and the Festival Big Band led by Gareth Roberts.
Ian Mann enjoys an evening of original music played by students of the RWCMD in Cardiff with sets from Josh Heaton's Mouth of Words, Skeleton Leaf and the Norman Willmore Quintet.