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Ben Williams' debut album State of Art is a result of Williams' first prize in the 2009 Thelonious Monk International Competition for double-bass. State of Art marks Williams' first album as a leader, however it is not the bassist's first time working with the Concord Jazz family. For the past two years, Williams has been a working member of two Concord Jazz artists' working bands: vibraphonist Stefon Harris & Blackout, a R&B and hip-hop-tinged group, which calls on Williams' unique connection with go-go, from his native Washington, DC to inform its sound and pianist Jacky Terrasson's Trio. Williams was featured on Harris' 2009 Concord Jazz debut, Urbanus and Terrasson's 2010 Concord Jazz debut, Push.

The title of Williams' debut stops modestly short of such a bold argument, but does sum up the young bassist's of-the-moment approach. "I'm trying to interpret the times," Williams says, "to represent what's going on today." To that end, State of Art is a wholly contemporary amalgam of jazz, R&B, hip-hop, and even classical influences which fully acknowledge the past while maintaining an urgency born of the here and now. The variety of flavors that comprise this musical stew, Williams explains, are drawn from his full 26 years of experience - with perhaps an extra nine months besides.

"I always feel like you start your musical training maybe even before you're born," he says. "Consciously or subconsciously you soak in all the music you hear around you, so when you do get to the point where you're expressing your own music that stuff is all mixed in there whether you like it or not. So I just try to be honest and represent all that influence."

The band Williams assembled for State of Art is a first-time assemblage of his peers, most of whom he's played with in a variety of different configurations. At its core, the band consists of tenor/soprano saxophonist Marcus Strickland, guitarist Matthew Stevens, keyboardist Gerald Clayton, drummer Jamire Williams (who also appeared with the bassist on Terrasson's Push) and percussionist Etienne Charles, joined on three tracks by alto/soprano saxophonist Jaleel Shaw. Williams mixes a string quartet into his arrangements of Jackson's "Little Susie" and Bay Area soul singer Goapele's tender, yearning "Things Don't Exist."

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  • Audio CD (June 28, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord Jazz
  • ASIN: B0050I2O1A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,952 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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Ben is great! Just listen to what he's done to Part-time Lover, this is genius! Who would know this was a pop hit? No wasted time or trite statements, and definitely not a bass show off recording, this a production of equals doing their best, and they can look back in twenty and still be proud. It's hard to describe, but imagine Moontrane and The Lee Morgan Story side by side and making it work. Sublime. Check the thirty second "previews" or try YouTube. This is dynamic music, played quiet or loud.
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