Bill Summers (musician)

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Bill Summers
Bill Summers photo.jpg
Background information
Born (1948-06-27) June 27, 1948 (age 73)
GenresLatin jazz, jazz fusion
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsConga
Years active1970–present
LabelsPrestige, MCA
Associated actsThe Headhunters, Los Hombres Calientes

Bill Summers (born June 27, 1948) is a New Orleans based Afro-Cuban jazz/Latin jazz percussionist, a multi-instrumentalist who plays primarily on conga drums.

Career[edit]

During the 1990s, Summers played with Los Hombres Calientes along with co-leader of the group, trumpeter Irvin Mayfield and Jason Marsalis.[1] However, Summers has a much longer musical career, often working behind the scenes on film scores for various movies such as The Color Purple and the television miniseries Roots with Quincy Jones.[2] He also played with Herbie Hancock during The Headhunters years, and is mentioned in passing by the liner notes of The Headhunters' 2003 release Evolution Revolution as contributing to that recording.[3] His former wife is Yvette Bostic-Summers, who often sings on Los Hombres' albums.[3]

Discography[edit]

Bill Summers in 2008.

As leader[edit]

  • Feel the Heat (Prestige, 1977)
  • Cayenne (Prestige, 1977)
  • Straight to the Bank (Prestige, 1978)
  • On Sunshine (Prestige, 1979)
  • Call it What You Want (MCA, 1981) U.S. No. 129
  • Jam the Box (MCA, 1981) U.S. No. 92
  • Seventeen (MCA, 1982)
  • London Style (MCA, 1983)
  • Iroko (Vital, 1992)
  • The Essence of Kwanzaa (Monkey Hill, 1997)
  • Studies in Bata: Sacred Drum of the Yoruba, Havana to Matanzas (Bilsum, 2002)

With Los Hombres Calientes

  • Los Hombres Calientes (Basin Street, 1998)
  • Vol. 2 (Basin Street, 2000)
  • Vol. 3 New Congo Square (Basin Street, 2001)
  • Vol. 4: Vodou Dance (Basin Street, 2003)

As sideman[edit]

With Terry Garthwaite

  • Terry (Arista Records, 1975)

With Johnny Hammond

  • Forever Taurus (Milestone, 1976)
  • Storm Warning (Milestone, 1977)
  • Don't Let the System Get You (Milestone, 1978)

With Herbie Hancock

With The Headhunters

  • Survival of the Fittest (Arista, 1975)
  • Straight from the Gate (Arista, 1977)
  • Return of the Headhunters (Verve Forecast, 1998)
  • Evolution Revolution (Basin Street, 2003)
  • On Top: Live in Europe (BHM, 2008)
  • Platinum (Owl Studios, 2011)

With Eddie Henderson

With Quincy Jones

  • Roots (A&M, 1977)
  • The Color Purple (Qwest, 1986)
  • Back On the Block (Qwest, 1989)

With David "Fathead" Newman

With Sonny Rollins

  • The Way I Feel (Milestone, 1976)
  • Easy Living (Milestone, 1978)
  • Don't Ask (Milestone, 1979)
  • Love at First Sight (Milestone, 1980)
  • Silver City (Milestone, 1996)

With Patrice Rushen

With Vinx

  • Rooms in My Fatha's House (PANGAEA, 1991)
  • I Love My Job (PANGAEA/I.R.S.. 1992)
  • The Storyteller (PANGAEA/I.R.S. 1993)
  • Lips' Stretched Out (H.O.E. Heroes of Expression 1996)
  • The Mood I'm In (Peermusic, 2002)

With others

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions[4]
U.S. Black Singles U.S. Disco Singles
1977 "Come into My Life" No. 84 -
1979 "Straight to the Bank" No. 45 No. 34
1981 "Call It What You Want" No. 16 No. 21
1982 "At the Concert" No. 38 -
1983 "It's Over" No. 63 -

References[edit]

  1. ^ Witmer, Sharon. "Bill Summers". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  2. ^ Witmer, Sharon. "Bill Summers". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  3. ^ a b Henderson, Alex. "The Headhunters". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  4. ^ Billboard Singles. Allmusic.com.