Buster Williams Leader Entry
by Michael Fitzgerald

Generated on Sun, Oct 02, 2011


Date: August 5, 7, 11, 14, 1975
Location: Blue Rock Studios, New York City
Label: Muse

Buster Williams (ldr), Sonny Fortune (f, ss), Earl Turbinton (bcl, ss), Woody Shaw (t), Onaje Allan Gumbs (p, syn), Buster Williams (b, eb, v), Billy Hart (d), Guilherme Franco (per), Suzanne Klewan (v)

a. a-01    The Hump - 11:26  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
b. a-02    Noble Ego - 6:52  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
c. a-03    Pinnacle - 4:41  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
d. b-01    Tayamisha [aka Pale Blue] - 6:29  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
e. b-02    Batuki - 14:10  (Onaje Allan Gumbs)
All titles on:      Muse LP 12": MR 5080 — Pinnacle   (1975)

Sonny Fortune (f) on e; (ss) on a, c; Earl Turbinton (bcl) on a, c; (ss) on c, e; Woody Shaw (t) on c, e; Buster Williams (b) on b-e; (eb) on a; (v) on c; Suzanne Klewan (v) on b-c.

Some sources list first session as August 6, 1975. Confirmation needed.

Additional vocalist on b-c listed as "Marcus".


Date: August 30, 1976
Location: Generation Sound, New York City
Label: Muse

Buster Williams (ldr), Roy Ayers (vib, syn), Kenny Barron (p, ep), Jimmy Rowles (p), Buster Williams (syn, b), Billy Hart (d), Nobu Urushiyama (per), Suzanne Klewan (v)

a. a-01    Prism - 7:13  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
     Muse LP 12": MR 5101 — Crystal Reflections   
b. a-02    Enchanted Flower - 9:26  (Kenny Barron)
     Muse LP 12": MR 5101 — Crystal Reflections   
c. a-03    I Love You - 5:16  (Cole Porter)
     Muse LP 12": MR 5101 — Crystal Reflections   
d. b-01    I Dream Too Much - 5:32  (Jerome Kern)
     Muse LP 12": MR 5101 — Crystal Reflections   
e. b-01 (alt)   alt I Dream Too Much - 6:38  (Jerome Kern)
f. b-02    Vibrations - 11:42  (Roy Ayers)
     Muse LP 12": MR 5101 — Crystal Reflections   
g. b-03    My Funny Valentine - 3:24  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
     Muse LP 12": MR 5101 — Crystal Reflections   
All titles on:      Muse CD: MCD 5430 — Crystal Reflections   (1991)
     32 Jazz CD: 32087 — Crystal Reflections   

Roy Ayers (vib) on a, c, f-g; (syn) on f; Kenny Barron (p) on a, c; (ep) on b, f; Jimmy Rowles (p) on d-e; Buster Williams (syn) on a; Billy Hart (d) on a, c, f; Nobu Urushiyama (per) on a; Suzanne Klewan (v) on a.


Date: January 7, 1978
Location: Nippon Columbia Studio, Tokyo, Japan
Label: Denon

Buster Williams (ldr), Kenny Barron (p), Buster Williams (b), Ben Riley (d)

a. 01    Tokudo - 9:42  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
b. 02    This Time The Dream's On Me - 6:29  (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
c. 03    Firewater [aka Dual Force; aka Fuego] - 7:36  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
d. 04    A Beautiful Friendship - 6:42  (Donald Kahn, Stanley Styne)
e. 05    Someday My Prince Will Come - 14:58  (Frank E. Churchill, Larry Morey)
All titles on:      Denon CD: DC 8549 — Tokudo   (1989)

"Firewater" listed as "Fuego".


Date: March 28, 30 and April 3, 1978
Location: Generation Sound, New York City
Label: Muse

Buster Williams (ldr), Kenny Barron, Jimmy Rowles (p), Buster Williams (b), Billy Hart (d), Gayle Dixon (vn), Akua Dixon Turre (vc), Suzanne Klewan (v)

a. a-03    Shadows - 9:42  (Charles 'Buster' Williams) / arr: Buster Williams
b. b-01    Pygmy Lullaby - 6:52  (Jimmy Rowles) / arr: Buster Williams
c. b-02    Ruby P'gonia - 8:25  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
All titles on:      Muse LP 12": MR 5171 — Heartbeat   (1978)

Kenny Barron (p) on a, c; Jimmy Rowles (p) on b; Gayle Dixon (vn) on a-b; Akua Dixon Turre (vc) on a-b; Suzanne Klewan (v) on b.

Specifics of each session unknown.


Date: March 28, 30 and April 3, 1978
Location: Generation Sound, New York City
Label: Muse

Buster Williams (ldr), Kenny Barron (p), Buster Williams (b), Ben Riley (d)

a. a-01    I Fall In Love Too Easily - 5:09  (Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn)
b. a-02    Tokudo - 5:24  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
c. b-03    Veronica - 2:32  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
All titles on:      Muse LP 12": MR 5171 — Heartbeat   (1978)

Kenny Barron (p) on a-b; Ben Riley (d) on a-b.

Session specifics unknown.


Date: September-October 1978
Location: Columbia Recording Studios, New York City
Label: Buddah

Buster Williams (ldr), Hubert Laws (f), Hank Crawford (as), Eddie Henderson (t, fh), Kenny Barron (p), Onaje Allan Gumbs (ep, clv, con), Buster Williams (pb, b), Billy Hart, Ben Riley (d), Nobu Urushiyama (per), John Blake, Lloyd Carter, Gayle Dixon, Eddie Drennon, Carl Ector, George Taylor (vn), Valerie Collymore, Melvyn Roundtree (vl), Akua Dixon Turre, Clarissa Howell, Ulysses Kirksey, Ronald Lipscomb (vc), Terri Gonzalez, Curtis Rance King, Jr., Darryl S. Tookes (v)

a. a-01    When The Sky Is Clear - 8:36  (Onaje Allan Gumbs) / arr: Onaje Allan Gumbs
b. a-02    Betcha By Golly, Wow! - 6:51  (Thomas Bell, Linda Creed) / arr: Onaje Allan Gumbs
c. a-03    Ain't Misbehavin' - 7:10  (Thomas 'Fats' Waller, Harry Brooks, Andy Razaf)
d. b-01    Seascape - 8:47  (Kenny Barron) / arr: Onaje Allan Gumbs
e. b-02    So Falls The Past - 9:30  (Onaje Allan Gumbs) / arr: Onaje Allan Gumbs
f. b-03    Dreams Come True - 7:32  (Charles 'Buster' Williams, Veronica Williams) / arr: Onaje Allan Gumbs
All titles on:      Buddah LP 12": BDS 5728 — Dreams Come True   (1980)
     Unidisc CD: UBK 4110 — Dreams Come True   (2005)

Hubert Laws (f) on a-b, d; Hank Crawford (as) on f; Eddie Henderson (t) on d, f; (fh) on e; Onaje Allan Gumbs (ep) on a-b, e-f; (clv) on f; (con) on a-b, d-f; Buster Williams (pb) on a, c; Billy Hart (d) on a, d-e; Ben Riley (d) on b-d; Nobu Urushiyama (per) on a-b, d-f; John Blake (vn) on a-b, f; Lloyd Carter (vn) on a-b, f; Gayle Dixon (vn) on a-b, f; Eddie Drennon (vn) on a-b, f; Carl Ector (vn) on a-b, f; George Taylor (vn) on a-b, f; Valerie Collymore (vl) on a-b, f; Melvyn Roundtree (vl) on a-b, f; Akua Dixon Turre (vc) on a-b, f; Clarissa Howell (vc) on a-b, f; Ulysses Kirksey (vc) on a-b, f; Ronald Lipscomb (vc) on a-b, f; Terri Gonzalez (v) on a, e-f; Curtis Rance King, Jr. (v) on a, e-f; Darryl S. Tookes (v) on a, e-f.

Some instrumental assignments speculative (strings and drums).


Date: January 9, 1981
Location: Blues Alley, Washington, DC
Label: [private recording]

Buster Williams (ldr), Sonny Fortune (f, ss, as), Kenny Barron (p), Buster Williams (b), Ben Riley (d)

a. 01    The Surrey With The Fringe On The Top  (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II)
b. 03    Come In Out Of The Rain - 24:31  (Carl Sigman, Sidney Keith 'Bob' Russell)
c. 07    Someday My Prince Will Come - 2:36  (Frank E. Churchill, Larry Morey)

Sonny Fortune (f) on b-c; (ss) on b-c; (as) on b-c.

Additional selections: 02 "Revelation" (18:52) - composer unknown; 04 (21:48) p,b,d only; 05 (29:31); 06 (27:49) - titles unknown.


Date: July 11-20 1986
Location: Umbria Jazz Festival, Perugia, Italy
Label: Red

Kenny Barron, Buster Williams (ldr), Kenny Barron (p), Buster Williams (b)

a. 01    All Of You - 11:04  (Cole Porter)
b. 02    This Time The Dream's On Me - 11:20  (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
c. 03    Someday My Prince Will Come - 3:55  (Frank E. Churchill, Larry Morey)
d. 04    I Love You - 15:47  (Cole Porter)
e. 05    My Funny Valentine - 8:35  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
All titles on:      Red CD: 123 214-2 — Two As One   (1992)

CD issue gives date as July 1986. Festival ran between July 11 and 20.


Date: March 8 & 9, 1989
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: In + Out

Buster Williams (ldr), Wayne Shorter (ss, ts), Shunzo Ono (t, fh), Herbie Hancock (p, syn), Buster Williams (pb, b), Al Foster (d)

a. 01    Air Dance [aka Air Dancing] - 7:07  (Charles 'Buster' Williams) / arr: Buster Williams
b. 02    Christina - 8:21  (Charles 'Buster' Williams) / arr: Buster Williams
c. 03    Fortune Dance - 8:43  (Charles 'Buster' Williams) / arr: Buster Williams
d. 04    Something More - 4:35  (Charles 'Buster' Williams) / arr: Buster Williams
e. 05    Deceptakon - 8:23  (Charles 'Buster' Williams) / arr: Buster Williams
f. 06    Sophisticated Lady - 8:58  (Duke Ellington, Mitchell Parish, Irving Mills) / arr: Buster Williams
g. 07    I Didn't Know What Time It Was - 14:28  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) / arr: Buster Williams
All titles on:      In + Out CD: IOR CD 7004-2 — Something More   (1989)

Wayne Shorter (ss) on a-b, d, g; (ts) on c, e, g; Shunzo Ono (t) on a, c, e, g; (fh) on d; Herbie Hancock (syn) on a-b, d, f-g; Buster Williams (pb) on f.

Synthesizer and piccolo bass parts were overdubbed.


Date: November 11 & 12, 1996
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: TCB Records

Buster Williams (ldr), Gary Bartz (ss, as), Stefon Harris (vib), Carlos McKinney (p), Buster Williams (b), Lenny White (d)

a. 01    Pop Dog - 8:03  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
b. 02    All Of You - 6:54  (Cole Porter)
c. 03    Somewhere Along The Way - 6:13  (Kurt Adams, Sammy Gallop)
d. 04    Epistrophy - 7:21  (Thelonious Monk, Kenny Clarke)
e. 05    Song For Sensei - 7:18  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
f. 06    Summertime - 7:21  (George Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
g. 07    Song For Thaddeus - 6:33  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
h. 08    Where's That Rainbow - 4:13  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
All titles on:      TCB Records CD: 97602 — Somewhere Along The Way   (1997)

Date: January 14 & 15, 1998
Location: IIWII Studios, Weehawken, NJ
Label: TCB Records

Buster Williams (ldr), Stefon Harris (vib), Geri Allen (p), Buster Williams (b, v), Lenny White (d)

a. 01    A Different Place - 4:18  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
b. 02    Lost In A Memory - 9:02  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
c. 03    Deja - 7:50  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
d. 04    I Thought About You - 7:00  (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Mercer)
e. 05    Why Should I Pretend - 4:14  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
f. 06    Skim Coat - 5:27  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
g. 07    Ambiance And Pie - 5:03  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
h. 08    Christina - 9:52  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
i. 09    Tunnel Wind - 6:27  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
All titles on:      TCB Records CD: 99252 — Lost In A Memory   (1999)

Buster Williams (v) on e.


Date: May 4 & 5, 1998
Label: TCB Records

Buster Williams (ldr), Steve Wilson (as), Carlos McKinney (p), Buster Williams (b), Ali Jackson (d)

a. 01    Yardbird Suite - 5:55  (Charlie Parker)
b. 02    Joined At The Hip - 5:54  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
c. 03    Scrapple From The Apple  (Charlie Parker)
d. 03    Honeysuckle Rose - 7:53  (Thomas 'Fats' Waller, Andy Razaf)
e. 04    Magic Samba - 3:12  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
f. 05    What Is This Thing Called Love - 6:26  (Cole Porter)
g. 06    Leo - 5:19  (Carlos McKinney)
h. 07    Moose The Mooche - 5:13  (Charlie Parker)
i. 08    Francis Dances - 8:02  (Ali Muhammad Jackson, Jr.)
j. 09    Relaxin' At Camarillo - 4:48  (Charlie Parker)
All titles on:      TCB Records CD: 21202 — Joined At The Hip   (2002)

c, d performed as medley.


Date: July 4, 1999
Location: Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreux, Switzerland
Label: TCB Records

Buster Williams (ldr), Steve Nelson (vib), Mulgrew Miller (p), Buster Williams (b), Carl Allen (d)

a. 01    Tokudo - 9:53  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
b. 02    The More I See You - 13:45  (Harry Warren, Mack Gordon)
c. 04    You And The Night And The Music - 12:04  (Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz)
d. 05    Christina - 7:08  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
e. 06    Rhythm-a-ning - 14:37  (Thelonious Monk)
All titles on:      TCB Records CD: 20152 — Live At The Montreux Jazz Festival 1999   (2001)

03 consists of a spoken announcement.


Date: March 2000
Label: Sirocco Jazz

Buster Williams (ldr), Geri Allen (p), Buster Williams (b), Lenny White (d)

a. 01    Houdini, part 1 - 8:24  (Geri Allen, Charles 'Buster' Williams, Lenny White)
b. 02    The Sorcerer - 6:03  (Herbie Hancock)
c. 03    Bellodgia Diva - 4:12  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
d. 04    If I Should Lose You - 7:24  (Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger)
e. 05    Ouija Board - 9:47  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
f. 06    Little Girl Blue - 4:25  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
g. 07    Fall - 4:55  (Wayne Shorter)
h. 08    Striver's Jewels - 7:06  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
i. 09    Houdini, part 2 - 7:29  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
All titles on:      Sirocco Jazz CD: 1014 — Houdini   (2001)

Lenny White (d) on a-e, g-i.


Date: October 25, 2001
Location: Pizza Express, London, UK
Label: [radio broadcast]

Buster Williams (ldr), Geri Allen (p), Buster Williams (b), Lenny White (d)

a. 01    Houdini, part 1 - 16:35  (Geri Allen, Charles 'Buster' Williams, Lenny White)
b. 02    The Sorcerer - 10:01  (Herbie Hancock)
c. 03    Striver's Jewels - 10:15  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
d. 04    I Didn't Know What Time It Was - 17:41  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)

Date: February 5, 2004
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: High Note

Buster Williams (ldr), Stefon Harris (vib), George Colligan (p), Buster Williams (b), Lenny White (d)

a. 01    Nomads - 8:42  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
b. 02    Related To One - 5:47  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
c. 03    The Triumphant Dance Of The Butterfly - 7:51  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
d. 04    The Wind Of An Immortal Soul - 9:22  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
e. 05    Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye - 6:35  (Cole Porter)
f. 06    Joined At The Hip - 8:42  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
g. 07    Concierto De Aranjuez - 5:24  (Joaquin Rodrigo)
h. 08    After The Ninth Wave - 3:04  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
All titles on:      High Note CD: 7123 — Griot Liberté   (2004)

Date: 2006
Location: Mountain View Center For The Performing Arts, Mountain View, CA
Label: BluePort Jazz

Buster Williams (ldr), Kenny Barron (p), Buster Williams (b), Lenny White (d)

a. 01    We See - 9:30  (Thelonious Monk)
b. 02    Concierto De Aranjuez - 9:31  (Joaquin Rodrigo)
c. 03    Song For Abdullah - 7:30  (Kenny Barron)
d. 04    Related To One - 7:32  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
e. 05    Nikara's Song - 9:06  (Kenny Barron)
f. 06    The Surrey With The Fringe On The Top - 9:58  (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II)
All titles on:      BluePort Jazz CD: BPJ 016 — 65 Roses   (2008)

Benefit concert for cystic fibrosis.


Date: April 1, 2009
Location: Cantina Bentivoglio, Bologna, Italy
Label: [private recording]

Buster Williams (ldr), Bennie Maupin (bcl, ss, ts), George Colligan (p), Buster Williams (b), Lenny White (d)

a.     [unknown titles]  (Composer Unknown)
b.     All Of You - 12:20  (Cole Porter)
c.     Christina - 8:34  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
d.     Concierto De Aranjuez - 10:24  (Joaquin Rodrigo)
e.     The Triumphant Dance Of The Butterfly - 14:26  (Charles 'Buster' Williams)
f.     I Didn't Know What Time It Was - 17:20  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
g.     Epistrophy - 13:58  (Thelonious Monk, Kenny Clarke)

Buster Williams (ldr) on a-d, f-g; (b) on a-d, f-g; Bennie Maupin (bcl) on a, c; (ss) on a; (ts) on a-b, f-g; George Colligan (p) on a-c, f-g; Lenny White (d) on a-c, f-g.

Spoken comments precede the first selection (1:31) and follow the final selection (1:09).

Performance of a stops due to problem with microphone feedback.