Call it a generous fluency, an affable virtuosity. Call it a true band spirit. The best bands have all had something that can't be forced: A refined mastery of music and a willingness to converse through music. That's what you hear from bassist Ben Williams'
"We have these group texts that we send to each other all the time,” Williams says of his band, Sound Effect. “We're just as entertaining to each other off stage as on. If there were ever a reality show about jazz, we'd be good candidates for it!”
Winning the prestigious Monk Institute Competition in 2009, Williams got busy turning his youthful promise into real achievement. “My career as a bandleader and composer started from the moment I won,” he says. “I had this opportunity to say something—and an obligation, too. Most impressively, he assumed a highly-coveted place in guitarist Pat Metheny's Unity Band. And won a Grammy for best Jazz Instrumental Album in 2012.
I found this brother very focus on his music and what direction he's going to take it. This interview was recorded May 6, 2015
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