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Tony Williams is the name of more than one artist.
1) American jazz drummer
2) Video game music composer

1) Tony Williams (December 12, 1945 – February 23, 1997) was an American jazz drummer.

Born in Chicago and growing up in Boston, Williams began studies with master drummer Alan Dawson at an early age and began playing professionally at the age of 13 with saxophonist Sam Rivers. Jackie McLean hired Williams at 16. Then at 17, Williams found considerable fame with Miles Davis, joining a group that was later dubbed Davis’s “Second Great Quintet.”

Williams was a vital element of the group, called by Davis in his autobiography “the center of the group’s sound”. His inventive playing helped redefine the role of jazz rhythm section through the use of polyrhythms and metric modulation (transitioning between mathematically related tempos and/or time signatures). But perhaps his overarching achievement was in demonstrating, through his playing, that the drummer need not be relegated to timekeeping and accompaniment in a jazz ensemble; that the drummer may be free to contribute to the performance as an equal partner in the improvisation.

In 1969, he formed a trio, The Tony Williams Lifetime (with John McLaughlin on guitar and Larry Young on organ). It was a pioneering band of the fusion movement, a combination of rock, R&B, and jazz. Their first album, Emergency!, is considered a classic.


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  • Sideburnstijger

    Tony/Anthony, who cares? Music is all that matters.

    25 May 2013 Reply
  • gauchoheavy

    I love the way he plays on Footprints.

    16 Nov 2012 Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    Visit Anthony Williams too. >> In the beginning of his career he made his albums under the "Anthony Williams" name...

    23 Aug 2012 Reply
  • carAnthony

    !!!!! Suggest a correction: The World Famous Tony Williams !!!!! That's his new artist name...

    1 Mar 2012 Reply
  • XSeanybOiX

    The fact that he was only 17 when he began playing with Miles and was already so talented is absolutely incredible. This man had a gift.

    15 Jan 2012 Reply
  • bitchimspecial's autocorrect is fucking things up, as per usual. The World Famous Tony Williams shouldn't redirect to this page

    10 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Vhien

    Similar Artists: Amber Rose, Taz Arnold aka TI$A, Fonzworth Bentley, GLC, Pusha T, Really Doe. Not at all!! [2] For real! >_> is trippin' HARD.

    1 Mar 2011 Reply
  • micheldemimonde

    and never will i play drums again

    10 Dec 2010 Reply
  • vjd918

    @Puma2000 No shit!?!

    3 Oct 2010 Reply
  • li-_-il

    初期The PlattersのリードボーカリストのTony Williamsです。

    2 Mar 2010 Reply
  • thesuperalive

    If I'm not mistaken, he used blast beats very sparingly on the release of "Arc of the Testimony" by Arcana, a free jazz/jazz fusion band that he played drums for. Specifically on the track "Into the Circle" around the 7:00 mark. It's only there for a few seconds, but it's there. I wouldn't have responded to this if I wasn't listening to the very track right now.

    1 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Gilad-Pellaeon

    On which releases does he use blast beats?

    7 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Kapitol21

    Tony Williams, The God.

    23 Jul 2009 Reply
  • JoshCIVM

    His work on Miles in the Sky is amazing!

    11 Jul 2009 Reply
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    15 Oct 2008 Reply
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    14 Jun 2008 Reply
  • themdm29

    Tony williams.....One of the most creative drummers ever. So much passion and soul in his playing.Can't say enough about him and If I just had a fraction of his talent....

    28 Apr 2008 Reply
  • rusaneme

    the coolest and most tasteful drummer

    20 Mar 2008 Reply
  • Korubi

    Best drummer to ever live, bar none.

    3 Dec 2007 Reply
  • Reve23

    Its a nice song though. Anyone know why its on a Kanye mixtape? :P

    12 Aug 2007 Reply
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