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State of Art

Ben WilliamsAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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As an energetic six year old, Ben Williams was as curious as a cat. Ben’s mother worked for Congressman John Conyers (an avid jazz lover) on Capitol Hill, so when she took the youngster into the office on his school break, a watchful eye was in order. One afternoon, while rambling around Conyers’ large, leather appointed office, Ben discovered a huge object that instantly captured ... Read more in Amazon's Ben Williams Store

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  • Audio CD (June 28, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord Jazz
  • ASIN: B0050I2O1A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,371 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Home
2. Moontrane
3. The Lee Morgan Story (featuring emcee John Robinson & Christian Scott)
4. Dawn Of A New Day
5. Little Susie - Intro
6. Little Susie
7. November
8. Part-Time Lover
9. Things Don't Exist
10. Mr. Dynamite
11. Moonlight In Vermont

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best debut albums I'v heard! July 14, 2011
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Here we have the young acoustic/electric bassist Ben Williams debut album. Ben is a bassist hailing from DC who won the Thelonious Monk Competiton for bass in 2009 which won him this deal with the Concord Music Group. The award was well deserved because Williams really delivers but bass heads be cautioned this is not a flashy "bass feature record". This album features the cream of the under 40 crop of jazz musicians that are working on the NYC & international scenes. Iv likened this albums format to Jaco Pastorius's self titled debut album from 1976 that forever changed the way all bass was played from then on.

The main reason for this comparison is the diversity of the compositions here on State of Art, you've got everything from so called Nu Jazz, hip hop, straight ahead & a take on what was called third stream the mixture of jazz & classical with a string quartet consisting of two violin, viola & cello appearing on two of the eleven tracks. The music is a nice mixture of well known jazz and R&B thrown in with Williams originals of which there are four. The assembled cast of players are all from Ben's working experiences. The sax duties are handled by two of my favorite players working today Marcus Strickland on tenor & soprano & Jaleel Shaw appearing on alto on two tracks & a rare treat hearing Shaw play soprano on one tune. On piano & Fender Rhodes is the rising star Gerald Clayton a beautiful player that sounds to my ears like a modern day Wynton Kelly with shades of Herbie Hancock& Bill Evans. On guitar is Matt Stevens best known as the guitarist that's been on all Christian Scott's solo albums. Jamire Williams rounds out the core group on drums his playing is not to be missed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Music! October 7, 2011
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I've followed Ben Williams' career since he was a student at Michigan State University when he studied under veteran bassist Rodney Whitaker. Williams never dissappoints and has always played solidly and flawlessly. State of Art is simply amazing, well thought out and well played jazz music.
Buy this cd today!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am impatiently waiting for another round February 19, 2012
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It hard to believe that this is his debut. This is the sound of someone that has been around for generations and has finally honed his craft. The alchemy of different music genres is amazing. I hope he comes to Los Angeles soon. Good money was paid to get this music and more good money will be given to see him live.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My New Love! April 25, 2014
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Ben, you've thrown a monkey-wrench in my love affair with Christian! I must have been hiding under a rock to have not picked this up earlier. Love this CD! I can listen to "The Lee Morgan Story," "Little Susie," and "Dawn of a New Day" until my ears bleed. You're on my list and this CD is in heavy rotation in my Ipod.
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