When Alto Was King

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When Alto Was King
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Studio album by C. I. Williams
Released August 19, 1997
Recorded May 9, 1995 & March 12, 1996
Genre Jazz
Label Mapleshade
Producer Hamiet Bluiett
C. I. Williams chronology
(1972) Stickball1972
When Alto Was King

When Alto Was King is the final album recorded by American saxophonist C. I. Williams released in 1997 on the Mapleshade label a quarter century after his previous album. [1] [2]

Charles Isaac Williams is an alto saxophonist based in New York City.

Mapleshade Records is an American jazz record company and independent record label founded by Pierre Sprey in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, United States, in 1990.



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AllMusic awarded the album 4 stars stating "this superb-sounding album is a fitting showcase for Williams' alto talents". [3] In JazzTimes Willard Jenkins wrote "Mr. Williams has a buttery tone that is delivered with authority and the veteran's sense of relaxed swing. His tone bending, for example, is done very subtly and with a knowingness that never announces the arrival of the next bended note. He plays it with a liquidity and fluid sense of phrasing that makes every piece a study in elegance". [4]

AllMusic Online music database

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Track listing

All compositions by C. I. Williams except as indicated

  1. "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" (Cole Porter) - 5:12
  2. "Punkin Juice" - 5:45
  3. "'Round Midnight" (Thelonious Monk) - 8:08
  4. "Catfish Sammich" - 4:57
  5. "Misty" (Erroll Garner) - 5:57
  6. "Lover Man" (Jimmy Davis, Ram Ramirez, James Sherman) - 6:32
  7. "Because of You" (Arthur Hammerstein, Dudley Wilkinson) - 3:29
  8. "Jeep's Blues" (Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges) - 6:55
  9. "I'll Close My Eyes" (Buddy Kaye, Billy Reid) - 5:03
  10. "Avalon" (Buddy DeSylva, Al Jolson, Vincent Rose) - 2:37
  11. "Precious Lord" (Thomas A. Dorsey) - 2:07


Alto saxophone type of saxophone

The alto saxophone, also referred to as the alto sax, is a member of the saxophone family of woodwind instruments invented by Belgian instrument designer Adolphe Sax in the 1840s, and patented in 1846. It is pitched in E, and is smaller than the tenor, but larger than the soprano. The alto sax is the most common saxophone and is commonly used in concert bands, chamber music, solo repertoire, military bands, marching bands, and jazz. The fingerings of the different saxophones are all the same so a saxophone player can play any type of saxophone.

Lawrence Elliott "Larry" Willis is an American jazz pianist and composer. He has performed in a wide range of styles, including jazz fusion, rock, bebop and avant-garde.

Don Blackman was an American jazz-funk pianist, singer, and songwriter. He performed with Louis Hayes, Earth, Wind and Fire, and Nicolas Dietz.

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  1. Charles Williams discography accessed November 13, 2014
  2. Mapleshade Records Discography, accessed November 13, 2014
  3. 1 2 Roberts, J., Allmusic Review accessed November 13, 2014
  4. Jenkins, W., JazzTimes Review, January/February 1998