Jamire Williams is an artist. He's best known for being a drummer. He has backed numerous groups. His style, which I have described on this site many times as a "constant rumbling", is signature and frequently in demand. As a musician, he is always one to listen for. Yet, over the last few years, it has become clear that Williams is more than this. Being a musician is great-- crafting sounds, making beats, moving people's heads and feet by way of their ears. However, Williams had had a vision of his own that captures more than the auditory medium, for Williams is a multimedia artist. And when it comes to art, particularly contemporary art, some of it just fits better in a gallery. Thus, Jamire Williams, in the constant expression of artistry has made a gallery album-- ///// EFFECTUAL out now on Leaving Records.
Drummer Jamire Williams' defining characteristic on his instrument is that he always seems to be constantly rumbling. Whether he's playing with Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, the Robert Glasper Experiment, Dr. Lonnie Smith, his backwards namesake group ERIMAJ, or Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (who shows up on Williams' upcoming album, but I'll get to that), Williams' energy seems to be in constant motion. He forever rumbles… all up until the moment that he seemingly isn't. Seemingly is the optimal word here, for he's always moving, even when you can't see him coming. Over the last year or so, Williams has been honing himself in the cut. His Instagram started to feel like a digital gallery. His artistic output leaned more toward the visual. He recorded on fewer releases but could still slay. Williams was expanding as an artist in various capacities, bringing additional depth to his already fascinating work. Now Williams is preparing to release his next album, under his own name, as a percussionist but also as an artist, with the upcoming ///// EFFECTUAL. It's an album primarily percussion based with a little help from the maestros Chassol and Atwood-Ferguson near the end. It's an artist's album, seemingly made for performances in art galleries (which Williams has already gotten that ball rolling in Los Angeles), on top of the fact that he painted the album art. Check out the track "Children of the Supernatural" after the jump and check out ///// EFFECTUAL, available for pre-order now at the Leaving Records Bandcamp before it drops December 2nd.
I totally wasn't expecting to take this show over again, especially so soon, but I try to be one to step up when needed. When Kory first asked me to helm Rhythm Heads for him, he actually expected me to feature Jamire Williams. I, on the other hand, immediately chose to go with Mark Guiliana, but Jamire was definitely an obvious choice which I'm glad to go with this time around.
Rhythm Heads for 19 January 2013
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"Conflict of a Man" , the first single from ERIMAJ's upcoming debut album came out on iTunes last June. Two weeks ago, a video for the song was also released. It's produced and directed by Tiombe Lockhart of the group Cubic Zirconia and stars Jamire Williams (photographer), Grace Poon (woman), Chris Turner (singer) and Corey King (man). The second videoclip was made by a visual artist, fan of Grand Pianoramax, for his song "Infidel" off his 2010 album Smooth Danger.
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The 2011 Litchfield Jazz Festival is going down August 5th, 6th, and 7th at the Kent School, in Kent, Connecticut. Make sure to check it out if you’re in the area. This year, the festival is offering a $10 student discounts on all tickets (ranging from $22 1-day Lawn Passes to $350 3-day VIP Passes) for those 25 or younger with a valid student ID.