A TOP RECORDING OF 2015. A WRTI CD RECOMMENDATION. It was easy to see why Ben Williams’ debut, State Of Art (Concord, 2011), made such a splash. It had a deserved buzz around a rising talent and remains a primer for how to make a modern jazz record. Since then, besides heavy side gigging and touring with his Sound Effect band (Christian Sands, Marcus Strickland, Matthew Stevens and John Davis), the 30-year-old Williams had a key role in Pat Metheny’s Unity Group – the band played over 150 shows internationally in 2013. That’s a lot of experience in a compressed time frame, so it’s not surprising his follow up, Coming Of Age, is a rush of pleasure from beginning to end. Read my full review at www.wrti.org

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