J. Kimo Williams releases a remastering of his Jazz-Fusion Big-band Rock project titled War Stories featuring Jazz-Fusion instrumental music.
This is a remastered digital release and physical USB and Vinyl release of the first J. Kimo Williams Jazz-Fusion BigBand-Rock project that features instrumental music written for his Jazz Fusion ensemble, reflecting the memories of his tour as a soldier in the Vietnam War.
Instrumentalists have included Mike Stern, Michael Brecker, Victor Bailey, Tim Landers, Vinnie Colaiuta, Kenwood Dennard, Rob Williams, Alex Wurman, Rich Ruttenberg, Carol Williams; Jim Odgren, Orbert Davis, Hank Roberts, Michael Levine, Jamie Glaser, Richard Gibbs, Joe Pusateri, Kenwood Dennard, and many others.
Williams' music is complex yet accessible, offering listeners a raw fusion of Rock, Jazz, and Classical styles. His inspiration stems primarily from the 19th-century Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky, who wrote music as a form of expression rather than a demonstration of virtuosity. War Stories, written after he graduated from Berklee College of Music and within the first few years of Williams' return from the war, is a testament to this technique.
Williams views his music as a photographic album, inviting listeners to visualize each piece as if looking through photographs in a photo album. Notable tracks include "Ton Raw," which opens with the sounds of war and a passing helicopter, and "Bleath," (with an introduction by Pulitzer Prize winner Studs Terkelwhich addresses innocent casualties of the war and features a powerful saxophone solo by Carol Williams.
War Stories received a 4.5-star review from Downbeat magazine.
On June 1, 1969, J. Kimo Williams was captivated as he witnessed Jimi Hendrix's spellbinding performance of "Spanish Castle Magic" at a Waikiki Shell concert in Hawaii. This transformative experience solidified his unwavering commitment to a life devoted to music. Subsequently, on July 4, 1969, he enlisted in the Army and was deployed to Vietnam. His service in Vietnam and departure from Sunset Beach, Hawaii, led J. Kimo to embark on a journey that saw him pursuing his musical aspirations at Berklee College of Music in Boston.