This is the excellent soundtrack album to the 1988 movie "Buster" starring Phil Collins in his feature film debut as a famed British thief. Phil also contributed to the film's soundtrack album, and the "Buster" soundtrack does have a lot of great tunes on it, not only the two big #1 hit songs from Phil, "Two Hearts" and "A Groovy Kind Of Love," but also some classic 60's tunes from the likes of Sonny & Cher, The Spencer Davis Group, Dusty Springfield, and Gerry & The Pacemakers. Phil also contributes another pair of great songs, one sung by The Four Tops ("Loco In Acapulco"), and the up-tempo, rhythmic fun of "Big Noise," while Anne Dudley composes the fine orchestral music, which is sprinkled throughout the soundtrack album (including "The Robbery," featuring Phil on drums).
The first new recording led by legendary jazz bassist Buster Williams since 2004, the 2018 album, "Audacity", was conceived as Buster celebrated the milestone of his 75th birthday. The result is a mission statement for an artist turning a new corner with the experience of three-quarters of a century behind him. "Audacity" also features Buster’s long-running, all-star quartet Something More with saxophonist Steve Wilson, pianist George Colligan, and drummer Lenny White. There are few jazz groups working today with the creative skill and brilliance of Something More and Audacity captures all four musicians at their very best. They cover a lot of ground musically with six new compositions from Buster and one each from Steve, George and Lenny. Recorded live at New York City's Sear Sound Studio C.
Bassist Buster Williams had one of his few opportunities to lead a record session on this diverse set which has been reissued on CD (with an alternate take of "I Dream Too Much" added to the original program). Of the six selections, Williams has a duet apiece with Kenny Barron (who plays electric piano), pianist Jimmy Rowles and vibraphonist Roy Ayers ("My Funny Valentine"). Two other numbers feature the quartet of Williams, Ayers, Barron and drummer Billy Hart while the leader's original "Prism" has the quartet joined by singer Suzanne Klewan and percussionist Nobu Urushiyama. The music ranges from slightly commercial to introspective and hard swinging, and its variety (plus an opportunity to hear bassist Williams in the lead) are two good reasons for postbop jazz collectors to pick up this CD.
A totally excellent Buster Williams album from the 70's, and one of the best (and hardest to find). The bassist has always been one of our favorite talents – and this little gem is one of the few albums he's cut on his own, a majestic bit of straight-ahead jazz and bop, recorded with a very hip lineup!