【Buster Williams - Griot Liberte】(2004) ★★★★☆

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By Takaaki Kondo, Tokyo Jazz Review

Charles Anthony WilliamsBuster Williamsさんは1942New Jersey出身のBassist。もう説明は必要ないですね。Legendary and Great Bass Playerです

私はNYで数回、Blue Note Tokyoで数回生演奏を聴きましたが、「ハーモニーの魔術師」ですね。何しろWalking時のBass Lineが素晴らしくCreative。天才的な閃きを感じます。そして重厚な音色。The Master Musicianです


本作は、George Colligan(p)Stefon Harris(vib,marimba)Lenny White(ds)Quartet2004年の録音。自作曲中心のプログラムで、全体で1つの組曲となるように留意したとのことです。非常に落ち着いた「大人のJazz」で、2人の若手の生きのよさや勢いは抑え気味です。一瞬「地味かな?」と思うのですが、何回聴いても飽きない。これが一流の証しだと思います。BusterのファンとしてはBest1枚ですね


それからこの盤はRudy Van Gelder録音・ミックスによるSACD Hybrid 盤でマルチ(5ch)も収録されています。Rudy Van GelderのマルチSACDというのは多分初めてじゃないかなぁ。90歳になろうかとするお人の「飽くなき探究心」に頭が下がります。

Excellent modern mainstream jazzという処ですね!



Buster Williams(b)
George Colligan(p)

Stefon Harris(vib,marimba)

Lenny White(ds)

Recorded at Van Gelder Recording Studio,Englewood Cliffs,NJ,February 5, 2004

(Track List)

1. Nomads

2. Related To One

3. The Triumphant Dance Of The Butterfly

4. The Wind Of An Immortal Soul

5. Every Time We Say Goodbye

6. Joined At The Hip

7. Concierto De Aranjuez

8. After The Ninth Wave

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Bassist Buster Williams and his quartet perform six of his originals plus two standards on Griot Libertè. Williams' songs range from the modal "Nomads" and the medium-tempo blues "Related to One" (which includes some complex transitions) to the lyrical ballad "The Triumphant Dance of the Butterfly" and the swinging "Joined at the Hip," which has George Colligan's best solo of the set. Williams takes plenty of solos but is also generous in featuring vibraphonist Stefon Harris and pianist Colligan with drummer Lenny White being stimulating in support. There are times (particularly during "Related to One") when the group sounds a bit like the Modern Jazz Quartet, but other selections find the musicians showing more individuality. They are very much in tune with each other and, although not a touring group, sound as if they play together very regularly. Excellent modern mainstream jazz.

- By Scott Yanow


Buster Williams is highly regarded and respected for many things, most notably the beauty of his tone and sound, along with the consistent quality of his writing and recordings, and Griot Liberte (HighNote) is no exception. The CD features a quartet that succeeds because of Stefon Harris' intricate, superbly executed vibes solos, George Colligan's lush, explosive piano support and the pinpoint interaction between Williams and drummer Lenny White. On such compositions as "Nomads," "The Wind of an Immortal Soul" and "Joined at the Hip," the group's collective playing is warm and exuberant, and the solos are intense, crisp and disciplined. Williams demonstrates his facility with the bow during a beautiful rendition of "Concierto de Aranjuez," while Williams, better known in recent years for funk, jam band and R&B sessions, demonstrates great touch and rhythmic insight in his backing on "The Wind of an Immortal Soul," "After the Ninth Wave" and the group's reworking of Cole Porter's "Every Time We Say Goodbye."

By Ron Wynn, Jazz Times


Williams's warm, sinuous double bass has underpinned the work of so many top soloists in his 40-year career. But in the past few years he has emerged as a considerable soloist and composer. He has also established a working relationship with the vibraphone and marimba player Stefon Harris that seems to bring out the best in both of them. The woody plangency of their tones blend to magical effect. Williams writes themes which depart just enough from the standard forms to keep you on your toes but, for me, the most impressive of these eight pieces is an entrancing solo version of Rodrigo's 'Concierto de Aranjuez', in which Williams plays the piccolo bass (size of a cello, tuned like a bass), causing it to sound at times like an enormous guitar.

By Dave Gelly,  The Observer


Buster Williams is a prodigious artist whose playing knows no limits. He has played, recorded and collaborated with jazz giants such as Art Blakey, Betty Carter, Carmen McRae, Chet Baker, Chick Corea, Dexter Gordon, Jimmy Heath, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Gene Ammons, Sonny Stitt, Herbie Hancock, Larry Coryell, Lee Konitz, McCoy Tyner, Illinois Jacquet, Nancy Wilson, Elvin Jones, Miles Davis, the Jazz Crusaders, Ron Garter, Woody Shaw, Sarah Vaughan, Benny Golson, Mary Lou Williams, Hank Jones, Lee Morgan, Jimmy Rowles, Hampton Hawes, Cedar Walton, Bobby Hutcherson, Billy Taylor, Sonny Rollins, Count Basie, Errol Garner, Kenny Barron, Charlie Rouse, Dakota Staton, Kenny Dorham, Freddie Hubbard, etc. to name a few.