“All Blues” from My Funny Valentine by Miles Davis
This excerpt from “All Blues” shows Williams’ incredible approach to playing time while still a teenager in Miles Davis’ second great quintet. Williams revolutionized bebop drumming, and the genius of his comping simply can’t be captured on paper. He plays broken patterns, weaving around the other players, his sticks dancing across his drums and cymbals. The deftness of his touch, the nuance of his time, and the way he expressed his impulses in those moments are close to magical.