The Joy of Flying

The Joy Of Flying is a Jazz fusion album by Tony Williams. Although it was recorded at the end of The Tony Williams Lifetime years, it is considered a solo album. It includes three duets, two with Jan Hammer and one with Cecil Taylor, and three different quartets. The first quartet features Jan Hammer again along with George Benson and Paul Jackson on two songs. The second quartet has veterans Herbie Hancock, Stanley Clarke and Tom Scott also for two songs.

The Joy of Flying
Studio album by
Released1978 (1978)
GenreJazz fusion[1]
ProducerTony Williams
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [2]
Christgau's Record GuideB–[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide2/5 stars[3]

The third quartet presents the "Tony Williams All Stars" for one song, "Open Fire," from rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose's jazz fusion influenced Open Fire album. The group was rounded out by Brian Auger on keyboards and Mario Cipollina on bass. On July 27, 1978, they performed a single show at Japan's Denen Coliseum which was recorded. Other songs on the set list included "Rocky Road" and "Heads Up" from Open Fire, "Red Alert" and "Wildlife" from Believe It, "There Comes a Time" from Ego, "Dragon Song" from Brian Auger's Oblivion Express and "Capricorn" with special guest Billy Cobham.

Track listing and PersonnelEdit

  1. "Going Far" (Jan Hammer) - 4:13 Keyboards, Synthesizers - Jan Hammer
  2. "Hip Skip" (George Benson) - 8:03 Guitar - George Benson, Keyboards, Synthesizers - Hammer, Electric bass - Paul Jackson, Saxophone - Michael Brecker, Percussion - Ralph MacDonald
  3. "Hittin' on 6" (Tom Scott) - 6:16 Lyricon - Tom Scott, Keyboards, Synthesizers - Herbie Hancock, Electric bass - Stanley Clarke
  4. "Open Fire" (Ronnie Montrose, Edgar Winter) - 6:18 Electric guitar - Ronnie Montrose, Keyboards, Synthesizers - Brian Auger, Electric bass - Mario Cipollina
  5. "Tony" (Stanley Clarke) - 6:50 Lyricon - Scott, Keyboards, Synthesizers - Hancock, Electric bass - Clarke
  6. "Eris" (Hammer) - 3:33 Keyboards, Synthesizers - Hammer
  7. "Coming Back Home" (Hammer) - 6:06 Guitar - Benson, Keyboards, Synthesizers - Hammer, Electric bass - Jackson
  8. "Morgan's Motion" (Cecil Taylor) - 8:18 Concert grand piano - Cecil Taylor
  • Drums on all tracks - Tony Williams

Additional horns on "Hip Skip"


  • Produced by Tony Williams
  • Engineered by Jan Hammer (tracks 1,6), Don Puluse (tracks 2,7), Fred Catero (tracks 3,5), Tom Suzuki (track 4), Stanley Tonkel (track 8) Jack Malken


  1. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: W". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 22, 2019 – via
  2. ^ The Joy of Flying at AllMusic
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 209. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  • Tony Williams; "Joy Of Flying" liner notes; Columbia Records 1978