From 1975 to present, The SPIRIT OF LIFE ENSEMBLE under the Band Leadership of Multi-percussionist Daoud-David Williams. The music of this captivating afro-centric & multi cultural unit is a true reflection of the group's name. Their sound is soulful, passionate, and filled with infectious energy, while at the same time inventive and thought provoking in its concept, thereby capturing the spirit of the African sensibility.
Although their music is deeply rooted in the Jazz tradition, it has been strongly influenced by the myriad of musical styles found in the African Diaspora. The rhythms of Latin America, South America, the Caribbean Islands, Africa, and the African-American musical genres of rhythm & blues, gospel, funk, and the blues permeate the sound of this electrifying Ensemble whose "Jazz with a World Beat" approach leaves your heart dancing long
after your feet have stopped.
The large collective of musicians usual perofrmance size is 8 to 18 players. The Ensemble has several components; a 5-7 piece combo, 8-11 piece unit and 12-18 modern big band. It includes such Jazz artists as Michael Cochrane, Bradford Hayes, Greg Servance, Ray Blue, Rob Henke, David Robinson, Cornell McGee, Sharp Radway, Steve Colson. Sharp Radway, Calvin Hill,
Vinnie Cutro, Guilherme Franco, Carlos Francis, Paul Abler, Yashmin Charnet Abler,
Joe Lee Wilson, Chip Shelton, Bruce Cox, Michael Logan, Cleave Guyton, Sipho Kunane, Belden Bullock, Richard Clements, Mark Gross, Clifford Adams, Mamdouh Bahri,
Joe Ford, Jason Curry, Timithy Hayward, Benny Powell, Eddie Henderson, Ted Curson,
Bob Ferrel among others.
The collective experience of the members of the SPIRIT OF LIFE ENSEMBLE includes performances and/or recordings with some of the icons of Jazz such as: Band, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Barron, John Hicks, Nancy Wilson, Muhal Richard Abrams, Olatunde, Ahmad Jamal, Shirley Scott, Charles Mingus, Bob Crenshaw, Horace Silver, Buddy Rich,
Sonny Fortune, Mina Agossi, Randy Weston's African Rhythms, Abbey Lincoln, Eric Dolphy, Abdullah Ibrahim,
Wynton Marsalis, Onaje Allen Gumbs, Max Roach, McCoy Tyner, Miriam Makeba,
Archie Shepp, Sun Ra, Talib Kibwe, Winard Harper, Charles Earland, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jimmy Owens, Jerry Gonzalez & Fort Apache and Pharaoh Sanders to name just a few.
The SPIRIT OF LIFE ENSEMBLE – was the Jazz orchestra in-residence at New York's internationally renowned SWEET BASIL Jazz Club from1995-2001 (6yrs). The group has been featured in many different Jazz festivals such as Pori International Jazz Festivals (Finland); Kaunas International Jazz Festival (Lithuania), Festival LaRuce au Jazz (Bayonne, France),
Jazz a` Foix Festival (Foix, France) Imatra International Jazz Festival, Finland: Estonia International Jazz Festival (Estonia); Ottawa International Jazz Festival (Canada); Lake George Jazz Festival (New York); Jersey Shore Jazz Festival, (New Jersey); JVC Jazz Festival (New York); Panasonic Village Jazz Festival (NY) SOLE has played at such celebrated Jazz clubs as New York's Blue Note, Iridium, Birdland, The 5 Spot, S.O.B.'s, Village Gate; & Duc Des Lombards, Franc Pinot & Caveau dela Huchette, in Paris, France; and Sounds,
Brussels, Belgium, Badenscherhof & A-Tran in Berlin, Germany…
SPIRIT OF LIFE ENSEMBLE DISCOGRAPHY:
*Latest CD (2009) "Planet Jazz" - RUP 100-09
that healin feelin - RUP 100-08
A Little Oasis" w/ DVD “Spirit Energy - RUP 100-10
Twenty 5ive - RUP 100-06
Collage - RUP 100-05
Song for My Father - King/Paddlewheel Records - Japan
Panasonic Village Jazz Festival - LM.F. Records (Compilation Disc)
Live at Pori Jass - RUP 100-04
Live! at The 5 Spot - RUP 100-03
Feel The Spirit - RUP 100-02
Inspirations - RUP 100-01
Skyscraoers - 100-0X
Journey - RUP 100-00
Rise Up Production Recordings (USA)