Al Williams Jazz Society: Let's Celebrate
A tribute to Willie Bobo features saxophonist Charles Owens, trumpeter Shaheed and vibraphonist Roy Ayers. In jazz festival fashion, the ensemble opts for extended solo play, allowing each artist plenty of time to stretch out. A tribute to Eddie Harris features trumpeter Shaheed, saxophonist Herman Riley, trombonist Wayne Henderson and pianist Larry Nash. Williams drives each unit with energy. Much of the album takes on a Jazz Crusaders aura, which makes a strong impression on the festival audience. Members of The Crusaders, after all, have been guests at the annual event. The Al Williams Jazz Society appears year after year at the Long Beach festival and offers the fans a soulful good time. Their album makes a great souvenir of those pleasant memories.
Track Listing: Shakey Jake; One for Willie; Norwegian Eyes; Mama Leila; Cristo Redentor; Things Ain't What They Used To Be; Super Blue; Like Eddie.
Personnel: Al Williams- drums; Nolan Shaheed- trumpet, cornet; Wayne Henderson- trombone; Charles Owens, Herman Riley- tenor saxophone; Henry Franklin- bass, Nedra Wheeler- bass; Bobby Pierce, Dave Bradshaw, Bobby Lyle, Larry Nash; Roy Ayers- vibraphone on "One for Willie;" Poncho Sanchez- congas on "One for Willie;" Barbara Morrison- vocal on "Things Ain't What They Used to Be."
Record Label: Blue Lady Records