Tony Williams (American jazz drummer)
One of the "new cats" Miles Davis band, Tony Williams drums are heard on a number of sessions from the Blue Note 60's clan.
Hired very young by Jackie McLean, his interests eventually shifted toward rock and fusion in the 70's, before being re-called for duty for the V.S.O.P. records.
Mr Williams was only 18 when he took part in Eric Dolphy's sessions.
His death at 50 years old left a void in the jazz community.
Anthony Tillmon "Tony" Williams (December 12, 1945 – February 23, 1997) was an American jazz drummer.
Widely regarded as one of the most important and influential jazz drummers to come to prominence in the 1960s, Williams first gained fame in the band of trumpeter Miles Davis and was a pioneer of jazz fusion. He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1986.