Tony Williams, Original, 8" by 10", B & W Columbia/William Morris Promotional Photo, V.S.O.P. Quintet 2, Circa 1981-82, SIGNED BY Tony Williams
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Tony Williams, Original, 8" by 10", B & W Columbia/William Morris Promotional Photo, V.S.O.P. Quintet 2, Circa 1981-82, SIGNED BY Tony Williams
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Tony Williams, Original, Glossy, 8" by 10", B & W Columbia/William Morris Promotional Photo for the V.S.O.P. Quintet 2, circa 1981-82, boldly SIGNED and inscribed at his photograph, "To Larry, Best Wishes!!!,Tony Williams"; signed to Larry Rafferty, long-time jazz autograph collector and seller. Tony Williams (1945-1997) was described in an obituary by New York Times writer, Peter Watrous, as one of the "most influential jazz musicians of the last half-century". A child prodigy, Williams became a professional drummer in his teens and by seventeen had joined Miles Davis's Second Great Quintet; with bassist Ron Carter and pianist Herbie Hancock, in an extraordinary rhythm section, William's virtuosity and mastery of the ride cymbal, fueled by great musical intelligence, created a radical, new interpretation of time, which pushed the concept of group improvisation to new levels. A highly schooled musician, by the late 60's Williams changed his style and immersed himself as a pioneer in the emerging fusion movement, notably with the founding of his Lifetime Trio with guitarist John McLaughlin and organist Larry Young. One of the projects which saw his return to the jazz mainstream was the V.S.O.P. (Very Special Onetime Performance) Quintet assembled in 1976, originally conceived as a one-off reunion of Miles Davis's Second Great Quintet, with Freddie Hubbard substituting for Miles. With saxophonist Wayne Shorter and Hubbard unavailable, VSOP 2 formed to tour in 1981-2 and this photo features the members of this quintet with the then young trumpeter and saxophonist, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, stepping into some very big shoes. Williams continued to perform and record at his usual stellar level, until stricken by a heart attack, he died far too young at 51 in California, February 1997. Photograph is near fine with a touch of edge wear and scattered mild surfaced dings, the signature is fine in black felt tip, without loss or fading. A very uncommon photo signature of a jazz great in collectible collection. J2135

Tony Williams, Original, 8" by 10", B & W Columbia/William Morris Promotional Photo, V.S.O.P. Quintet 2, Circa 1981-82, SIGNED BY Tony Williams
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Tony Williams, Original, 8" by 10", B & W Columbia/William Morris Promotional Photo, V.S.O.P. Quintet 2, Circa 1981-82, SIGNED BY Tony Williams
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