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Dec. 12, 1945 - Feb. 23, 1997


The "Tony Williams Quintet" perform live in New York in 1989 featuring Wallace Roney (trumpet), Bill Pierce (soprano sax), Mulgrew Miller (piano), Ira Coleman (bass), and Tony Williams (drums).

Often regarded as one of the most influential jazz percussionist to emerge during the 1960s Tony Williams first gained notability in band of trumpeter Miles Davis.

A pioneer of jazz fusion Williams was a participant in avant-garde movement, appearing on Jackie McLean, Sam Rivers, and Eric Dolphy records of the period many of which rank among the greatest jazz recordings of all time.

Tony Williams 1964 solo debut "Life Time" was also in the avant-garde vein.

In 1985, Williams recorded his "Foreign Intrigue", album for Blue Note Records featuring pianist Mulgrew Miller and Wallace Roney on trumpet who both joined his Quintet later that year.



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