Tony Williams was just 19 when he played drums with the Miles Davis Quintet at a concert on February 12, 1964 at New York's Philharmonic Hall alongside Miles, George Coleman, Herbie Hancock and Ron Carter. That evening's music was released on two LPs Four and More and My Funny Valentine, later to be reissued on CD as The Complete Concert: My Funny Valentine and Four and More. Williams' playing on this album perfectly illustrates how he redefined the role of a drummer in a jazz ensemble, setting a new benchmark for all drummers thereafter. One of the most exciting tracks is the Quintet's up-tempo version of So What on which Tony Williams' drumming constantly probes, suggests, responds and surprises with superb technical mastery and creativity.
In this book Matt Fisher offers, for the first time, a full notated transcription of Tony Williams' drum part from So What, together with an in-depth analysis. He breaks down some of the central characteristics of Williams' drumming and illustrates how the concept of rhythmic tension and release is used to apply these features during his interaction with the rest of the ensemble - including one of Williams' most distinctive features; his use of the dotted quarter note cross-rhythm. Tony Williams - So What (1964) is a valuable addition to the literature of jazz drumming and will be of interest to all players from the student to the experienced professional performer.
Features a notated transcription of Tony Williams' complete drum part on So What from the Miles Davis Quintet’s 1964 live recording.
Includes a complete rhythmic transcription Herbie Hancock’s piano comping
Analyses the central characteristics of Williams’ drumming on So What
Illustrates his use of the concept of rhythmic tension and release during his interaction with the rest of the ensemble
Will be of interest to all players from the student to the experienced professional.
Book, comb-bound, 40 pages