Hot Licks: Genius Of Tony Williams
“Red Mask” from Angel Street by Tony Williams Hard Bop
The fast and furious intro of this Williams composition is sure to make you smile. He plays linear triplets with both hands, moving up and down his kit using a repeated RFR LFL sticking. The funky groove is a cool syncopated pattern with a light swing feel. Williams accents 2 and the last sextuplet partial before 4 on his snare, yet keeps the &s of the hi-hat pattern light and his bass drum notes strong.