Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Philsyson, Feb 20, 2012.
Hand Jive - alternate take from Nefertiti
Toute de suite from FdK
He had so many. Definitely my favorite jazz drummer. They'll never be another. So musical. Even his solos were never boring. Here's a recent addition to YouTube from 1979.
An impossible "best" to find, but I'll play along - "Fall" from Nefertiti.
Miles Davis - "Live at the Plugged Nickel"
My right arm cramps up just listening to his burning ride patterns!
Vashkar from the Lifetime album Emergency. That one will snap your head back and leave you with whiplash.
Don't know how I forgot this one..... All of his playing on live in Europe 1967....., phenomenal!
easily among my favorites. i've stolen as much as i was able for my own playing. i had the pleasure of seeing him a couple of times. WOW!
Basically anything from the 60's and quite a lot afterwards could be mentioned, but I'll go back earlier than anyone so far in the thread: "Hat And Beard" from Dolphy's Out To Lunch.
I really need to get that set soon, if just for the fact that it's a great archive of his live playing (of course it's a great archive for the entire Miles Davis Quintet).
My first exposure to him (my favorite jazz drummer, as well) was the E.S.P. album with the same group so I have a particular fondness for his solo at the start of "Agitation."
About anything he did with Miles Davis is incredible. If I had to pick one album it would be "Miles Smiles", or maybe Side 1 of "Water Babies".
I really like his playing on McCoy Tyner's "Supertrios" album, especially "Moment's Notice."
Also, "Morgan's Motion", his duet with Cecil Taylor on his "Joy of Flying" album.
The title track from Nefertiti.
plus, as a wildcard, 'Home' by Public Image Limited. The guy could really rock too.
Maybe not his best, but Tony plays on the entire first album by Ray Manzarek: The Golden Scarab" and he sounds good!
It looks like that Tony was the "conductor" of the quintet at the Plugged Nickel.
Four And More/My Funny Valentine for me. The sound of that ride cymbal work alone destroys me.
Any song that he doesn't sing on.
That Plugged Nickel set is incredible- just imagine being there!
I remember playing this one to my younger sister for the first time and she had a good laugh. Somehow I still dig it. RIP Tony
Personally I prefer live in Europe 1967 to Plugged Nickel
Unfortunately I never saw Williams live, but I talked to a guy who saw his latter day acoustic quintet and he mentioned how Williams would start each set with a solo, and would sit there onstage for a minute or so thinking about what to play before he started. Quite an unusual approach.
Anything from the Plugged Nickel
Play her this instead.
Anyone who's interested should check out the work of Tony's teacher from Boston, Alan Dawson, whose use of the kick drum to accent phrases is very similar to Tony's and is evident to me that that's where Tony learned it.
And Tony left an amazing valedictory statement on record, a trio with Bill Laswell and free improvising guitarist Derek Bailey entitled The Last Wave under the group name Arcana. I never thought he would do something as wild as Lifetime again, and it's very different than Lifetime but just as creative and unique.
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