CHARLES ANTHONY "BUSTER WILLIAMS was born in Camden in 1942. Buster Williams learned to play bass from his father, Charles Anthony “Cholly” Williams. “He would prepare my lessons for me . . . It was an unwritten law that I had to play it right. I was going to be the best. I had no choice.”
of jazz's most valuable sidemen, Buster Williams has been able to
flourish through many periods of changing fashions in jazz. Best known
since the 1980s for his solid, dark tone and highly refined technique on
the acoustic bass, the jazz-rock generation knew him as the mobile
anchor of Herbie
Hancock's exploratory "Mwandishi" Sextet from 1969 to
1973, doubling on acoustic and electric basses sometimes attached to
electronic effects devices.
"After working almost continuously for 30 years as a sideman," says Buster, "I decided it was time to take the plunge, step up to the front, play my music, and express my concept of a cohesive musical unit. I've served my apprenticeship under many great masters and feel that it's my honor and privilege to carry on the lineage that makes this music such an artistically rich art form.
Since the inception of "Something More'' in 1990, the group has had numerous tours of Europe including the first International Jazz Festival in Moscow; tour of Japan and Australia; countless engagements throughout the U.S.
Buster Williams has also recorded as the leader of the Buster Williams Trio, Buster Williams Quartet, and Buster Williams Quintet. For more about Buster Williams, including recordings, tour dates, discography and detailed biogrpahy, visit his website, WWW.BUSTERWILLIAMS.COM.
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