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|Tony Williams Trio|
Young at Heart
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Drummer Tony Williams died suddenly, and tragically, in early 1997. His death struck hard, eliminating one of jazz rhythm's sharpest innovators since the 1950s. Williams first made his brilliance clear in the second great ... more »
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Drummer Tony Williams died suddenly, and tragically, in early 1997. His death struck hard, eliminating one of jazz rhythm's sharpest innovators since the 1950s. Williams first made his brilliance clear in the second great Miles Davis Quintet of the early 1960s. He whirled like mad later, especially with his own jazz-rock fusion trio Lifetime. In between, he created rhythmic vapor trails behind Miles and increased the wobbly rhythmic ratio with artists like Eric Dolphy. Sadly, in Young at Heart, we have his final recording. With Mulgrew Miller and Ira Coleman, Williams sounds as complex and hitting as ever. The tunes vary from standards ("On Green Dolphin Street" is the best here) to Williams's own tunes. Perhaps in honor of Williams, it sounds like the producer of Young miked Williams so he sounded louder, sometimes even domineering. But he was undoubtedly superb, and he mixes well with an unusually tough-toned Miller on the keys. --Andrew Bartlett
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Committee of Engineers Have their Way With Tony's Legacy
Michael F. Hopkins | 12/04/1998
(3 out of 5 stars)
"When Tony brought this group to New York, the "New Yorker" complained that Tony used an immense set and was too loud. That was the innovative point of his piano trio, that the drums would finally play an equal role in the proceedings. Narrow-eared critics always believe drums are too loud if they don't merely "accompany" melody instruments. In accordance with this cocktail piano tradition, the recording engineer and his 3 or 4 assistants here relegate one of the greatest drummers in jazz history to the background (right of center), and artificially promote a merely competent pianist (aside from a certain harmonic piquancy) to the foreground. The tone of the drums (as that of the piano, for jazz) has been well recorded, but the drums cannot be heard over the piano. I want to actually listen to the nuances of those brushes, not just imagine them! The rather boomy string bass sound often lacks definition and thus tends to cover Tony's expressive bass drum work. Lip service in the liner notes is given to Tony's stature as a musician, but he is kept "in his place" with conventional studio mastering. A shame. Retaining "Young At Heart" as the title for posthumous release in this country is indefensibly cruel. I much prefer the series of quintet albums on Blue Note beginning with "Foreign Intrigue" and tragically concluding with "The Story of Neptune." From a purely jazz point of view "Civilization," the second, is probably the best overall, though the last contains the tremendous rhythmic tour de force "Creatures of Conscience," and Wallace Roney on trumpet improves with each successive recording. The sound quality on these can be rather harsh and flat, and there are balance problems, but the drums are definitely not slighted! Mulgrew Miller appears on them all, but in proper perspective."
A Showcase of Balladry and Wizardry
Michael F. Hopkins | Buffalo, NY USA | 08/04/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"YOUNG AT HEART is a fitting climax to the life and career of a
great drummer and composer. Tony Williams has always been a
bulwark of musical wizardry, and his Jazz work over the decades
is the stuff of legend.
This Columbia date from the mid-late 1990s finds Williams
at the helm of a sterling trio with bassist Ira Coleman and
pianist Mulgrew Miller, and the session is simply delightful!
Those who like a classic Jazz trio full of melody, playing
full-out with no stops, listen to this.
A wonderful collection of ballads ("On Green Dolphin Street"),
standards ("This Here") and originals (Miller's stunning opener,
"Promethean" and one of Williams' haunting themes from THE
STORY OF NEPTUNE), this is a great treat for longtime listeners,
and a special nugget for beginners who want a prime case of
what this music is all about. Swinging and cohesively free, this
is a showstopper.
With luck, Blue Note will re-release all of Williams' recordings
with this rhythm section plus the astonishing trumpetry
of Wallace Roney, soon. In the meantime, here is Jazz of the
highest order. Come in, please.
ken714 | 08/27/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you're any fan of modern jazz, Tony William's final album is surely one to have. He plays about as well as he did during his Lifetime era. Yet, TW is not the only attraction on the album. Pianist Mulgrew Miller displays a fine lyrical touch. Although the album is a bit low-key, the performances are well worth repeated listenings."