Sunday, November 17, 2013

John Williams Trio (1954-1955)

These trio recordings, made in 1954 and 1955, are the only ones pianist John Williams made as a leader in his entire career. Influenced by Horace Silver, Bud Powell and Hank Jones, Williams is most remembered for his very fine recordings with the Stan Hetz Quintet. However, and despite his talent, today he remains a pianist relatively unknown for many people ; but those who had the chance to have him as accompanist and all those who enjoyed his stabbing and leanly imaginative playing as a soloist, surely have not forgotten it.

Source :

John Williams
Complete Master Takes


1 I'll take the Lo Road (Williams) 3:08
2 Out of this world (Arlen, Mercer) 3:28
3 Railroad Jack (Sunkel) 2:57
4 For heaven's sake (Mayer, Bretton, Edwards) 3:07
5 Wiliams Tell (Williams) 3:10
6 Be careful, it's my heart (Berlin) 3:26
7 Blue Minor (Williams) 2:18
8 Somewhere in the night (Gordon, Myrow) 2:42
9 Baubles, Bangles and Beads (Forrest, Wright) 3:13
10 Good morning, heartache (Higginbotham) 3:40
11 Someday my Prine will come (CHurchill, Morey) 4:48
12 Manteca (Pozo, Gillespie) 3:40
13 How strange (Kahn, Stothart-Brent) 2:57
14 Flamingo (Grouya, Anderson) 3:42
15 A sleeping bee (Arlen, Capote) 3:11
16 The girl next door (Martin, Blane) 3:00
17 Shiloh (Williams) 3:02
18 Good morning blues (Basie, Durham, Rushing) 4:18
19 Okeefenokee holiday (Williams) 4:10
20 Like someone in love (Burke, Van Heusen) 3:02


[# 1-8]
John Williams - p
Billy Anthony - b
Frank Isola - dr
Recorded in New York City ; July & August, 1954
[# 9-12]
John Williams - p
Billy Anthony - b
Jack Edie - dr
Recorded in New York City ; June 15, 1955
[# 13]
John Williams - p
Chuck Andrus - b
Frank Isola - dr
Recorded in New York City ; June 24, 1955
[# 14-20]
John Williams - p
Ernie Farrow - b
Frank Isola - dr
Recorded in New York City ; October 11, 1955


alusston said...

Thanks Mel!!!

Kovina Kris said...

This looks very interesting. Thank you Mel!

jzz3skys said...

Thanks, Mel. Although I haven't listened to this one yet, he's also the pianist on "Woodlore" by Phil Woods on the Prestige label.

Worth mentioning, in case someone may not know, is the fact that he's the same John Williams who was conductor of the Boston Pops, composer of the film scores to Superman, Star Wars and Schindler's List, and the theme to NBC Nightly News!

Doc Litmus said...

I don't think he is the same guy.
I mean, this John Williams looks completely different from young Johnny T. Williams.

Doc Litmus said...

how the other John Williams looked in 1956:

Melanchthon said...

danair said...

Great post,thanks Mel.

CrunchyFrog said...

Thanks for a great post, Mel! Doc is right, this is definitely NOT John (T) Williams the compser / conductor, although THIS John Williams is probably the more significant of the two as a Jazz pianist. But the Fresh Sound set featuring John T Williams that Doc gave us a cover picture of is definitely worth hearing.

fcapeau said...

Splendid ! That's great Jazz. Many thanks

jose arboleda said...

muchas gracias.

Bhowani said...

merci melanchthon

glinka21 said...

Thanks for the upload, and yet more virtually unknown jazz from a period that produced so much it which was great.

pedro gamundi said...


very very said...

me too, thank you

adakun said...

Gracias Melanchthon

Prof. Yaffle said...

Many thanks