The Joy of Flying

Label
Columbia
Release date
1979
Running length
8 tracks
Running time
49:47

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Tony Williams - Going Far 4:15 1,047
2 George Benson;Tony Williams - Hip Skip 8:06 94
3 Tony Williams - Hittin' on 6 6:19 861
4 Tony Williams - OPEN FIRE 6:17 459
5 Tony Williams - Tony 6:51 695
6 Tony Williams - Eris 3:31 470
7 Tony Williams - Coming Back Home 6:07 442
8 Tony Williams - Morgan's Motion 8:21 470

About this album

It would be an understatement to say that there was a fair amount of variety on this set. Drummer Tony Williams is heard in two duets with keyboardist Jan Hammer, with a quartet also including keyboardist Herbie Hancock, Tom Scott (who unfortunately sticks to lyricon) and bassist Stanley Clarke, and he welcomes rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose, keyboardist Brian Auger, guitarist George Benson and tenorman Michael Brecker on other tracks. Much of this music is closer to and than to , although there are many strong moments. But the most interesting selection is certainly “Morgan’s Motion” which matches Williams with pianist Cecil Taylor in a powerful (and completely atonal) collaboration.

Credits
Vic Anesini — Analog Transfer
Brian Auger — Hammond B3
Michael Barry — Assistant Engineer
George Benson — Composer, Guest Appearance, Guitar
Robert Bittler — Original Photography
Michael Brecker — Sax (Tenor)
Randy Brecker — Trumpet
Dana Bryant — Quotation Author
Denis Calahan — Original Photography
Steve Carver — Cover Art
Fred Catero — Engineer
Mario Cipollina — Bass (Electric)
Stanley Clarke — Bass (Electric), Composer, Guest Appearance
Ronnie Cuber — Sax (Baritone)
William Eaton — Horn Arrangements
Chris Eselgroth — Package Redesign
Jon Faddis — Trumpet
A. Scott Galloway — Liner Notes

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