Tony Williams recorded his own adventurous debut album Life Time in August 1964, when he was still just 18 years old. Re-issued by Blue Note on their audiophile Tone Poet series.

Cat No: BST84180
Release date: 5 April 2024
Format: LP, Gatefold
Country: USA
Genre: Jazz

Tony Williams recorded his own adventurous debut album Life Time in August 1964, when he was still just 18 years old. Re-issued by Blue Note on their audiophile Tone Poet series.

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Listen to: Life Time

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1. Two Pieces Of One: Red
08:06
2. Two Pieces Of One: Green
10:40
3. Tomorrow Afternoon
05:35
4. Memory
08:06
5. Barb's Song To The Wizard
05:58

Item Description

The precocious and prodigious drummer and composer Tony Williams had already joined the Miles Davis Quintet and participated in numerous landmark Blue Note recordings including Herbie Hancock Empyrean Isles, Eric Dolphy Out To Lunch, Andrew Hill Point Of Departure, Jackie McLean One Step Beyond, and Grachan Moncur III Evolution by the time he recorded his own adventurous debut album Life Time in August 1964, when he was still just 18 years old. Williams had no intention of playing it safe on his maiden voyage as a leader and set forth to document his uncompromising expression on this program of innovative original compositions. Side 1 presents the expansive two movement suite “2 Pieces of One” with the drummer joined by tenor saxophonist Sam Rivers and bassists Gary Peacock and Richard Davis. Side 2 opens with the jaunty “Tomorrow Afternoon” featuring Williams, Rivers, and Peacock. Williams plays a variety of percussion on the freely improvised “Memory” which features Herbie Hancock on piano and Bobby Hutcherson on vibraphone, and lays out entirely on the ruminative piano-bass duet “Barb’s Song to the Wizard” performed by Hancock and Ron Carter which closes the album.

This stereo Tone Poet Vinyl Edition was produced by Joe Harley, mastered by Kevin Gray (Cohearent Audio) from the original analog master tapes, pressed on 180g vinyl at Record Technology Inc. (RTI), and packaged in a deluxe gatefold tip-on jacket.