by Keller Williams

For 12, his twelfth album, Keller Williams has assembled a compilation by selecting one track each from his previous 11 albums (that would be Freek [1994], Buzz [1996], Spun [1998], Breathe [1999], Loop [2001], See more details below


For 12, his twelfth album, Keller Williams has assembled a compilation by selecting one track each from his previous 11 albums (that would be Freek [1994], Buzz [1996], Spun [1998], Breathe [1999], Loop [2001], Laugh [2002], Dance [2003], Home [2003], Stage [2004], Grass [2006; credited to Keller & the Keels], and Dream [2007]), plus one new song, "Freshies." Those who have heard all of those discs might have picked differently; Williams has never had anything resembling a hit, and was free to create a collection as he saw fit. He neither attempted to pick his "best" songs, whatever those would have been, nor even to find representative ones, which might have been even more difficult, given his eclectic nature. Rather, he seems to have aimed at musical cohesion, such that 12, despite some of his usual veering from style to style, hangs together as a whole. To the extent that it makes a statement about who Williams is as a musician, it suggests that he is a lover of riffs, especially ones developed on the bass guitar, and that he tends to build his compositions out of those riffs, adding other tasty elements along the way. Among those elements are lyrics, which seem to be written more with a sense of how they sound than what they mean. (How else could one come up with tracks called "Freeker by the Speaker" and "Butt Sweat"?) Occasionally, though, Williams is moved to express his philosophy of life in the words of new-age self-actualization, as when he chants the greeting-card lines "Work like you don't need the money, love like you've never been hurt, dance like nobody is watching" during "More Than a Little." But what really matters to him is the groove; repeatedly, he uses the word "funky," and that's what he wants to be, not a surprising aspiration for a one-man band who spends most of his time trying to warm up audiences who came to see somebody else. To succeed, such a performer needs ear-catching material, and the selections on 12, like much of Williams' repertoire, are catchy and engaging, if rarely compelling.

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Sci Fidelity Records

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Performance Credits

Keller Williams   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Electric Piano,Vocals,Voices,10-string Guitar,12-string Guitar,Djembe,Shaker
Ty Burhoe   Tabla
Béla Fleck   Banjo
Victor Wooten   Bass,Bass Guitar
Doug Derryberry   Guitar
Jeff Covert   Guitar,Soloist
Michael Travis   Percussion,Drums
Scott Harris   Bass
Craig Dougald   Marimbas
Dave Watts   Drums
Tye North   Bass
Michael Kang   Violin
Bill Nershi   Slide Guitar
Kyle Hollingsworth   Keyboards
Jamie Janover   Hammered Dulcimer
Larry Keel   Guitar
Jeff Sipe   Drums
Jenny Keel   Bass,Bass Guitar
Scott Harris   Bass Guitar
Clif Franck   Drums
Keith Mosely   Bass Guitar
Brian Durrette   Bass Guitar
Barbara Nesbit   Vocals
Tye North   Bass Guitar
Craig Dougald   Marimbas

Technical Credits

Kevin Clock   Engineer
Béla Fleck   Engineer
David Glasser   Mastering
Stacey Heydon   Engineer
Charlie Pilzer   Mastering
Jim Robeson   Engineer,Sample Engineering
John Alagia   Engineer
Doug Derryberry   Engineer
Jeff Covert   Engineer,Remixing,Mastering
Louis Gosain   Engineer,Sample Engineering
Scott Hull   Mastering
Keller Williams   Composer,Drum Samples
Bill Harris Quintet   Artwork
Jack Mascari   Engineer
Robert Battaglia   Engineer

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