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Suite For John A. Williams by Tyrone Brown

Tyrone Brown is featured here alongside Bobby Zankel on alto sax and Adam Williams on guitar in the same string section as his other release Between Midnight and Dawn released this year by Dreambox Media. This is a most productive year for Tyrone Brown.

This particular disc is in dedication to writer James A. Williams. Williams was a novelist of 13 novels, a poet, bohemian, jazz fan, foreign correspondent, concerned citizen, world traveler, educator, father and husband. All of these roles helped shape and define his writings. In the 1960s in New York City, Williams was quite a regular at most of the jazz clubs, and dressed appropriately. So appropriately that when he would frequent the clubs, the jazz musicians would mistake him for being one of them. When once asked "What's your instrument, Williams cunningly replied "the typewriter!" Williams has been compared as the Dumas of modern times.

Zankel adds a fresh new sound and voice to the equation. Zankel is most fluent within the harmonic vocabulary of bebop. It is very evident that Zankel has a deep appreciation for Charlie Parker. Brown, once again, has another showcase album for his warm bass tone. It shines here as if a rock was melting in the rays of a morning sun.

This album is for anyone who digs strings within the jazz idiom inter-mixed with some traditional sounding instrumentalists. Great for background music at parties. Once again, only two stars due to the poor sound quality.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Tyrone Brown
  • CD Title: Suite For John A. Williams
  • Genre: Other
  • Year Released: 2005
  • Record Label: Dreambox Media
  • Tracks: The Man Who Cried I Am, This Is My Country Too, Captain Blackman, Clifford’s Blues, Night Song, Readings From Safari West (Recited By John A. Williams)
  • Musicians: Tyrone Brown (bass), Bobby Zankel (alto saxophone), Melissa Ortega Locati (violin), Beth Dzwil, Nina Cottman (viola), Ron Lipscomb (cello), Adam Williams (guitar), Craig McIver (drums)
  • Rating: Two Stars
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