A brilliant double bassist and sought-after accompanist who has played with several generations of jazzmen, Buster Williams ranks among the greats thanks to his refined technique on the acoustic bass, and his impeccable sense of harmony and rhythm. Charles Anthony Williams Jr., nicknamed Buster, was born in Camden, New Jersey in 1942 to a seamstress mother and bassist father, who would become his teacher and mentor. He began his musical studies in composition at Philadelphia's Combs College of Music. He then kicked off his career in his late teens in 1959, when he joined Jimmy Heath and his quartet, then Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt. In the early ’60s, he accompanied renowned singers Dakota Staton, Carmen McRae, Betty Carter and Sarah Vaughan, who took him on his first European tour, as well as Nancy Wilson. The list of illustrious collaborators dotting his brilliant career offers ample testimony to his versatility and includes Art Blakey, Chet Baker, Chick Corea, Dexter Gordon, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, McCoy Tyner, Miles Davis, Cedar Walton, Sonny Rollins, Ron Carter and Count Basie. He leaned into soul-jazz and funk as part of the Jazz Crusaders, and from 1969 to 1973, was part of Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi Sextet, winning a Grammy with them in 1979. He was a member of a Sphere with Kenny Barron and Charlie Rouse, and the Timeless All Stars with Cedar Walton and Bobby Hutcherson. He also made his mark in film, composing music for original soundtracks for directors David Lynch and Spike Lee, and for TV and advertising. In 1975, he stepped into the solo realm and founded the Buster Williams Quintet. In the ’80s and ’90s, he won new attention as a composer: his discography as a bandleader includes Pinnacle (1975), Something More (1990), Somewhere Along the Way (1998), Houdini (2001), Griot Libertè (2004) and 65 Roses (2009).