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A Sound Review -Tony Williams

Jazz-fusion giants unite to pay tribute to Tony Williams, one of the great jazz/fusion/rock drummers of any generation.

After cutting his teeth as a session drummer for such jazz legends as Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Eric Dolphy and Herbie Hancock throughout the 60's and 70's, Williams fronted the New Tony Williams Lifetime fusion band in the early 70's. Williams passed away in 1997.

Blues For Tony is a live tribute created by former Lifetime members Allan Holdsworth on guitar and Alan Pasqua on keyboards, while also recruiting Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets) on bass and Chad Wackerman (Frank Zappa, Steve Vai) on drums.

Three years in the planning to pay tribute to their experience with Lifetime, Holdsworth and Pasqua put a tour together in the fall of 2006 in which this 2-disc set pulls out some of its' finest moments.

The set not only covers songs from Lifetime's brilliant debut release Believe It, such as "Fred", "Protocosmos" and "Red Alert", but also material from each member's solo careers as well.

In Pasqua's opening title track, he returns to the harder fusion influences of his tenure with Lifetime, complete with blistering organ solos and driving rhythm sections.

His aforementioned composition "Protocosmos" is simply one of the most powerful fusion songs of it's time, or any time for that matter.

Despite a loyal cult following around the world, Holdsworth is quite frankly, one of the most underrated guitarists of the last 35 years, with his unmistakable tone and fluidity on such tracks as "Looking Glass", "Pud Wud" and the aforementioned "Fred", is pristine and all encompassing.

If you love jazz, this CD will easily become a favorite, but also, if you are a rocker and want an introduction to the jazz genre, give this disc a spin and learn that some current jazz cats can also jam and create an atmosphere that is simply overpowering.

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