The Tony Willams Lifetime:
Tony Williams, drums
John McLaughlin, guitar
Larry Young, organ
Produced by Monte Kay and Jack Lewis
They say music can be life-changing. I’ll buy that. Probably the most important and profound post-Beatles record in my Jazz life, or even my musical, personal and business life (you’ll see), was this one. That’s a big sentence for an LP fiend like me. ONE record led by a drummer did all that? Jazz to me is a huge, beautiful expression of the American Classical music, no small accomplishment in the last 100 years with everything out there. And I remember as if was yesterday how this record came to change my life.
In High School and later I was in a bluesy, Procol Harum-meets-Jefferson Airplane-style outfit called Moonfleet, after the film. We had the town and the era by the ear, so naturally we were asked to play our own Senior Picnic close to Graduation at Westchester High School (still there), near the beach in L.A. I had played drums at another Senior picnic and I knew the picnics were free-for–all's in those days. We were excited to blow our fellow student’s minds, with coffins and dancers and fiery entertainment, with myself on guitar then.