'Heroes!' Is a 12 track collection from New York Keyboardist, Gene Williams. An envelope pushing, self produced assortment of electric instrumental sound ranging from Jazz, to Funk, to Rock, and Smooth Grooves, all composed and performed by Williams. After years of performing as a sideman & Musical Director for various artists, including, R&B crooners, Freddie Jackson, Joe, Roberta Flack, and Gloria Gaynor, just to name a few... Gene Williams returns to his own personal brand of musical expression almost 14 years after his debut release, 'Welcome 2 My World'. 'Heroes!' is a tribute to Williams' wide range of influences, harking back to some of the edgier Jazz/Rock of Return To Forever, Weather Report, David Sancious, George Duke & Jan Hammer. The music on 'Heroes!' however, is ALL Gene Williams, and his approach is far from dated. He successfully achieves a fusion of classic sounds in a fresh way.
Williams uniquely pays tribute to his favorites, as can clearly be seen in the promotional music video for 'Heroes!' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oA9Xk5i2e_g where a digital avatar in his likeness jumps into the album art of classics 'Bitches Brew', 'Romantic Warrior' and even 'Tarkus'.
Like many of his musical influences, Williams uses Jazz improvisation at its core, while infusing a variety of grooves keeping the listener engaged. The blazing time shifting Jazz/Rock of the title track, 'Heroes! 'New Dawn', and 'Amok Time' features Williams' synthesizer work. On the cool Jamaica Funk of 'Gee Wiz' and 'All Good in tha Hood' Williams takes the lead on piano & organ sounds. And the Smooth Jazz of 'April' and 'Alternate Being' will please even the most hard core Neo-Soul, & R&B listeners.
Get ready for the ride... Gene Williams' 'Heroes!' is here!
Gene Williams Heroes! Is now available for digital download on CDbaby.com
Release Date: 9/8/10
Format: Digital Download
Suggested List: $9.95
File under Jazz/Rock
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1. Heroes! 4:08
2. Grid Status 5:28
3. Gee Wiz 5:58
4. The Griefer 5:56
5. April 4:15
6. New Dawn 4:14
7. Liberty Enlightening The World 6:48
8. All Good In Tha Hood 6:05
9. Digital Brew 5:32
10. Amok Time 5:26
11. Tek Savi 6:15
12. Alternate Being 7:15
All songs composed by Gene Williams Copyright 2010 Produced by Gene Williams
Recorded & Mixed by Gene Williams
Gene Williams: Keyboards, Sound design, Rhythm programming, & Computer sequencing.
Mastered by Rich Harrison & Gene Williams, NYC
Cover Design: Gene Williams
Gene Williams plays: ...Whatever he can get his hands on....
In Loving Memory of Gene Williams Sr, Marie E. Williams and Martha Coard.
Special Thanks to:
The Boy's Club of New York, Malcolm Swisher, Jeff Jones, World Alert Records, Freddie Jackson, Freddie Jackson Band, Joe, Scott Brown, Ronny Drayton, LaBelle, Nona Hendryx, Darrell McNeil, LaRonda Davis, Earl Douglas, Maureen Mahon, Roberta Flack, Chaka Khan, Gloria Gaynor, Rick Pasek, Ashford and Simpson, Sandra St. Victor, V. Jeff Smith, Wayne Cobham, Stephanie McKay, Repercussions, Najee, Fareed, Jerry Elcock, The Roots, Ginny Suss, Greg Tate, Living Colour, Victor Jones, Nat Adderley Jr, Buddy Williams, Phil Perry, Bob Baldwin, Barry Miles, Gary Haase, Jerry and Katrice Barnes, Gabrielle Goodman, Dennis Collins, Mike Jenkins, Danielle Peak, Patricia Jackson, Etienne Lytle, Phillip Woo, Shinya Kano, Black Rock Coalition, Kelvyn Bell, Vernon Reid, Muzz Skillings, Cory Glover, Barrio Boyzz, Lace, Janice Pendarvis, Lenny White, Don Blackman, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Bernard Wright, David Sancious, Jamaica, St. Albans, Queens, Damon Mendes, Billy Spaceman Paterson, Chuck Brownley, Ollie Cotton, Adam Holtzman, Jane Getter, Prime Directive: Lygia Forrest, Booker King, Richie Harrison, Kevin Harrington and Melvin Lee, NYC Musicians Collective, Ray Chew, John Willis, Andy Lassale, Alonzo Bodden, Rob Gill & Family, Harriet Tanner Ellis, Facebook Friends, Second Life friends, MaMachinima International Festival, Metaverse TV. Twstd Ruggles, Starshine Halasy, Jan Pulsford, Marjorie Fort-Dees, Black Soul Rhythms Radio, Shawn Ware-Avant, Valerie Hawkins, Linda Sautereau, Peggy D. Lee, Sugarhill, Nat's Jazz Club, Cozy Cafe, and everyone else who called for a gig, took time to support & showed love!