11 Songs, 1 Hour 6 Minutes


Mastered for iTunes


Mastered for iTunes

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
24 Ratings
24 Ratings

Great Album!

Really well thought out and executed sound art! Great listen from Beginning to end, full of heartfelt compositions and improvisations by the whole band. A definite must listen and must buy for 2015.

Pure Jazz Man

Toy Soldiers is a Classic

The entire CD is Great but the Toy Soldiers track is a delicate yet complex symphony. Artist like Ben Williams who create these deep but accessible masterpieces is why I love Jazz so much!



I just saw these guys live and immediately purchased this album. Their music masterfully combine simplistic chord structures with very complex rhythms and melodies. When listening to this, there will be multiple instances where you think they are going one direction, and then completely surprise you with something completely different. Some of the rhythms used during the piano solos completely blew my mind. This is a must buy! You cannot go wrong with Ben Williams!!

About Ben Williams

Jazz bassist Ben Williams is a forward-thinking musician who crosses easily between straight-ahead, funk, and gospel-influenced jazz. A native of Washington, D.C., Williams graduated from the Duke Ellington School of Music before studying with renowned bassist Rodney Whitaker while earning a B.A. in jazz studies at Michigan State University. He is an in-demand sideman and has performed with a veritable who's who of jazz, including Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Mulgrew Miller, Terence Blanchard, and others. Williams is also a regular member of Stefon Harris' hip-hop-influenced Blackout ensemble and leads his own group. In 2009 Williams won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and subsequently signed a recording deal with Concord Records. Two years later, he released his debut solo album, State of Art. In 2015, Williams delivered his sophomore full-length album, Coming of Age, which featured a '70s fusion and R&B influence and included guest appearances from trumpeter Christian Scott and vocalist Goapele. ~ Matt Collar



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