Tony Williams: Neptune: Creatures of Conscience


Neptune: Creatures of Conscience


Tony Williams (drums)


The Story of Neptune (Blue Note CDP 7 98169 2)

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Tony Williams (drums), Wallace Roney (trumpet), Billy Pierce (tenor sax), Mulgrew Miller (piano),

Ira Coleman (bass)


Composed by Tony Williams


Recorded: New York, November 1991


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

"Neptune: Creatures of Conscience" is the third and final part of an unnamed suite. The song is a true showcase for one of the greatest jazz drummers who ever lived. I would describe the tune as a series of drum breaks buoyed by complicated, syncopated unison melody lines. The music is performed with great skill. It is not easy to be this tight. The sidemen sound fantastic, but they are here mainly for support of Williams's chops. Making the obvious even more so, Williams's drums appear louder in the mix than the rest of the ensemble. The melody makers provide the accents on this performance.

So how does Williams sound? What kind of stupid question is that! He sounds great. He plays with a controlled fury and a rhythmic imagination only he possessed.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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