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Sanborn Sessions – Remote Session 5: Sting

Dave Sanborn’s “The Sanborn Sessions” dropped another remote session episode recently, with Sting as the guest. The group performs Sting’s “Fragile” and The Paul Butterfield Blues Band’s “In My Own Dream”.

Bass Videos

Sanborn Sessions – Session 6: Bob James

I’ve been enjoying Dave Sanborn’s “Sanborn Sessions” series since day one, but episode #6 is my favorite so far. In this clip, guest Bob James joins the group for this incredible session. Ben Williams’ playing on this one is sublime.

New Albums

Ben Williams Featured on José James’s “No Beginning No End 2”

Singer/songwriter José James has released “No Beginning No End 2,” which serves as a sequel to his 2013 album on Blue Note Records. His fluid mix of jazz, pop, R&B, and soul remains intact, thanks in part to bassist Ben Williams.

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Sanborn Sessions – Session 3: Inconsolable

Since David Sanborn’s “Sanborn Sessions” debuted, I’m always looking forward to a new episode. In session #3, the band was joined by Jonatha Brooke and Charlie Hunter to perform Brooke’s song, “Inconsolable.” Ben Williams once again is on bass.

New Albums

Ben Williams Releases Vocal Debut with “I Am A Man”

Jazz bassist Ben Williams has stepped out front on his new “sociopolitically charged” album “I Am A Man.” Though it’s his third solo album, it’s his debut as both bassist and vocalist.

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Sanborn Sessions: Session 2

Dave Sanborn has a cool new video series out called “Sanborn Sessions.” Sanborn put together a house band for the series, which includes Ben Williams on bass. In this episode, Michael McDonald and Brian Owens join the group to perform some sweet music.

Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: StoryWood Music Model 4R-5 4-String J Bass

BASS OF THE WEEK: The Duke Ellington School of Arts in Washington, D.C. has produced numerous famous alumni. The high school got a major renovation in 2016 and now, with the help of another alumnus, a piece of the school will always be in the hands of a bassist.

New Albums

MONK’estra Big Band Releases Vol. 1

Pianist John Beasley’s MONK’estra contemporary big band, which interprets the work of legendary jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk, has released MONK’estra Vol. 1. Beasley is a Monk aficionado and serves as music director for the Monk Institute’s gala concerts, like International Jazz Day and the Monk Institute’s annual competition galas. Since 2013, the MONK’estra has played live on both...

New Albums

Ben Williams Plays on Jazz Pianist’s Debut Album

Clockwork, jazz pianist Victor Gould’s debut as a bandleader has arrived. The album features Ben Williams (Pat Metheny’s Unity Band) on bass, and even features an homage to bass great/composer Ron Carter, called “Sir Carter.” The record includes sextet arrangements and pieces augmented by strings. “I didn’t want to be locked in with instrumentation,” Gould says. “I’ve come to believe...

New Albums

Pat Metheny Releases Music from DVD with His Unity Group

Jazz guitar great Pat Metheny’s Unity Group has released The Unity Sessions, the CD version of a filmed performance by the group recently released on DVD. The two-CD set features 13 songs and the bass work of past Thelonius Monk competition winner Ben Williams, who also has a solo career. “Ben has a fearless and open-minded approach to what music...

New Albums

Ben Williams Comes of Age on Second Album

Jazz bassist Ben Williams’ second album, Coming of Age, explores the musical and emotional growth of Williams, who won the 2009 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition. The album not only includes his own work, but also a cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Here’s the album’s opening track, “Black Villain Music”: Coming of Age is available on ,...

Concerts & Tours

Pat Metheny’s Unity Band Kicks Off U.S. Tour Dates

Pat Metheny’s Unity band, featuring bassist Ben Williams, has been touring Europe all summer. Following a two week break, the band is kicking off a fall tour of the US today. The band, which also includes saxophonist Chris Potter and drummer Antonio Sanchez, is touring in support of the Unity Band album, released in June. As we reported then, Williams...