Buster Williams Quartet

Buster Williams Quartet

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  • Buster Williams – Bass
  • Steve Wilson – Sax
  • George Colligan – Piano
  • Lenny White – Drums

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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 and many more.

Buster learned to play from his father, a bassist who worked various day jobs to support his five children, and at night played gigs to support his musical spirit. In 1959 Buster began working with Jimmy Heath whose quartet included Sam Dockery on piano and the legendary Specs Wright on drums.

In 1962, he moved on to work with singer Betty Carter, and then Sarah Vaughan, who took him on his first European tour. He was 20 years old, on the French Riviera, and meeting musicians who would figure heavily in his future—Miles Davis, Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, George Coleman, and Tony Williams. His big, deep, resilient and inventive playing since then has made him the bassist of choice throughout the jazz world.

Later in New York, Buster began working with Art Blakely, Herbie Mann, Herbie Hancock and Mary Lou Williams. He performed with the Herbie Hancock Sextet for several years.

In 1980, he was nominated for a Grammy Award for his contribution to the album “Love For Sale”/The Great Jazz Trio, with Hank Jones and Tony Williams. A few years later, Buster did a tour with Herbie and Tony Williams which included the young, fresh, new on the scene trumpeter, Wynton Marsalis.

In 1989, Buster recorded an album of his compositions that featured Wayne Shorter; Herbie, Al, and a brilliant trumpeter named Shunzo Ono. This project entitled “Something More,” was released on the IN+OUT lable and became the catalyst for Buster to form his own group which he calls “Something More.”

“After working almost continuously for 30 years as a sideman,” says Buster, “I decided it was time to take the plunge, step up to the front, play my music, and express my concept of a cohesive musical unit. I’ve served my apprenticeship under many great masters and feel that it’s my honor and privilege to carry on the lineage that makes this music such an artistically rich art form.”

Since the inception of “Something More” in 1990, the group has had numerous tours of Europe including the first International Jazz Festival in Moscow; tours of Japan and Australia; and countless engagements throughout the U.S.

After all this and ” Something More”, the logical question for Buster is, “What’s next “?


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