The Artists - Buster Williams

„Buster“ Williams (Charles Anthony Williams Jr.) – American double bass player, arranger and composer – born Camden, New Jersey April 17, 1942, performed with The JAZZPAR 2003 Combo featuring Lars Møller, Geri Allen and Billy Hart.

His father worked various day jobs to support his five children, and at night played gigs as bassist to support his musical spirit. When Buster got home from school he was supposed to practice. „My father was a fan of Slam Stewart, and he strung his basses the way Slam did. Instead of the regular G-D-A-E, he strung a high C-G-D-A.“
   In 1959 Buster began working with Jimmy Heath, and at the age of 17 he played with Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt, just one month after graduating from Camden High School in 1960, and stayed with them for a year. Back home in Camden, Buster took courses in Composition, Harmony and Theory. In 1962, he worked with singer Betty Carter, and then Sarah Vaughan, who took him on his first European tour.
   In 1964 he joined Nancy Wilson, got married, and moved out to Los Angeles. A handful of albums came from this relationship. During this time he also recorded five albums with the Jazz Crusaders; worked and recorded with Miles Davis; played with Kenny Durham and was in demand for recording sessons.
   After returning to New York in October 1968 gigs began to conflict. Buster chose to stay with Herbie Hancock with whom Buster has toured since the early 80s in the trio format and other constellations. In 89, Buster recorded an album of his compositions that featured Wayne Shorter; Hancock, Al Foster, and Shunzo Ono. This project became the catalyst for Buster to form his own quintet, Something More.
   But before this he was a member of the cooperative quartet, Sphere, with pianist Kenny Barron; drummer Ben Riley; and the late tenor saxophonist Charles Rouse. Then came his work with The Timeless All Stars, featuring Cedar Walton; Billy Higgins; Curtis Fuller; Harold Land; and Bobby Hutcherson.
   Buster Williams has been featured soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra on a film soundtrack. Other recorded soundtracks include David Lynch’s, Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me; Spike Lee’s, Clockers among others.
The acoustic bass player, who has received numerous awards, grants and proclamations, makes elegant bass lines and has a characteristic mix of dancing phrases; sure-footed speed; dark, humming low notes; and bursts of insistent jazz-groove walking.

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