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Jazz, Contemporary
Whirlwind Recordings
March 11, 2016

Format: Compact Disc



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On 'Outlier', the accomplished drummer, band leader and composer Jeff Williams collaborates with both seasoned and up-and-coming colleagues from the UK: Josh Arcoleo (tenor saxophone), Phil Robson (guitar), Kit Downes (keys) and Sam Lasserson (basses). This engaging album of originals prompts a dynamic quintet response to a variety of energised compositions.

Across a career spanning four decades, it would seem easiest to consider the musicians with whom Jeff Williams hasn't worked. A respected stalwart of the international jazz circuit, the American drummer has notably rubbed shoulders with Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Konitz, Dave Liebman, Randy Brecker, John Abercrombie and Joe Lovano. Williams has graced innumerable New York and London stages over the years, making frequent Atlantic crossings between the two cities.

His third album for Whirlwind (following 2011's 'Another Time' and 2013's 'The Listener'), Williams' 'Outlier' combines previously unrecorded works from the '70s and '80s - such as the driving, fusion-laced "Dream Visitor" and Brazilian-hued "Hermeto" (after Hermeto Pascoal) - with more recent, equally assertive compositions. As an experienced leader at the kit with an instinctive, deeply-imbued jazz sensibility, Williams coaxes intelligent, colourful interplay from his colleagues. As Jeff confirms: "It always astonishes me what these guys - leaders in their own right - bring to the music that I write. They find things I didn't even know existed."

Personnel: Jeff Williams (drums, percussion, Fender Rhodes), Josh Arcoleo (tenor saxophone), Phil Robson (guitar), Kit Downes (piano, Fender Rhodes), Sam Lasserson (double and electric basses)

Press Quotes

"(4 stars) An assortment of stylistic approaches...Exciting, energetic and rhythmically dynamic."

Jazz Journal

"(4 stars) A top notch British band plays superbly throughout with Williams' intelligent but approachable compositions giving them plenty to get their teeth into."

The Jazz Mann

"[Williams] brings together elements of music he's experienced through an impressive career to make new compositions that inspire his cohorts."


"A very good album which benefits from Williams' imaginative compositions and the ensemble's excellent musicianship...play frequently for a lasting effect."

All About Jazz

"The pieces are robustly appealing and the improv - from a crack British band including pianist Kit Downes, guitarist Phil Robson and tenor saxist Josh Arcoleo - is even better."

The Guardian

"Outlier has a classy, lived-in feel that never glosses over this band's tough, restless spirit in performance."


"Williams has assembled a talented band of musicians...An excellent recording."

Bebop Spoken Here

"The recording does full justice to Williams' distinctive cymbal work."

The Jazz Breakfast

"A restless musician and a continually evolving, always interesting composer."

Phontas Troussas

"At times energised, at others gentle but engaging."

Sandy Brown Jazz

"A top-flight selection of cutting-edge UK players and a selection of exciting original compositions."

Jazz Views

"Powerful, energetic and unsettling jazz with a lot of warmth and soul at its core."

Jazz Podium

"Strong and muscular outing."

Jazz Weekly

"Saxophonist Josh Arcoleo, guitarist Phil Robson, pianist Kit Downes and bassist Sam Lasserson really do bring Williams' compositions to life."

Hi-Fi News & Record Review

"Harmonious interactions between the new and the experienced...An album of remarkable versatility."

Musik Reviews

"A showcase for William' skills as a composer and bandleader...An album that delivers new impressions with each listen."


More Info

Key Value
Catalogue number WR4684
Barcode 0888295328364
Number of items 1
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Double Bass Sam Lasserson
Guitar Phil Robson
Piano Kit Downes
Tenor Sax Josh Arcoleo
Weight 70g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 140mm x 7mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Outlier 07:40
2. The Interloper 05:37
3. Dream Visitor 06:46
4. Meeting a Stranger 06:58
5. New and Old 10:16
6. Hermeto 10:20
7. Oddity 05:45