Born and raised in India, Jacob William has arrived via rare routes to play on the vast fields of Jazz and other creatively improvised and composed musics. He grew-up as part of a multicultural family; attended parochial school and traveled extensively from a very young age. His earliest years in music were spent singing in choirs and being engaged in informal learning of a wide array of diverse hybrid musics and various instruments. In his teens, and later while studying Economics and Finance at Christ College in Bangalore, he started playing guitar and drum-set. In 1985, he decided to focus on the bass guitar and soon began playing concerts and festivals all over India with many forward looking elder musicians with a particularly deep interest in Jazz...
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( Joe Hunt - 4/2/04)
...refined tone... fluid... bassist William... J. Nannen (Jazz Review)
'William is at the heart of these pieces, working with Galipaut to push the music forward. He never overwhelms the soloist and frequently provides a running commentary to complement what they’re doing....compositions (Welcome Steps / Palm Dance / Rishi Ways / Upload Method / Repetition. 57:33. recorded 6/30/08, New Haven, CT.) are usually sharp lines that provide effective set-ups for the improvisations.' ~ Robert Iannapollo (Cadence Magazine)
'...bassist Jacob William is the revelation of the album, since no matter how good his frontline is, his open rhythmic pulse drives them on, slows them down, sets the tone and scene, like a solid and supple backbone that keeps the music focused and coherent. The music itself is slow, bluesy, full of soul, yet also with some middle-eastern tonal inflections, especially on the lengthy Rishi Ways. Palm Dance is a little more rhythmic and possibly the best track on the album.' ~ Stef (freejazz-stef.blogspot.com)