Larry Williams was the arranger and producer on "All One"
Grammy-nominated producer, composer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist Larry Williams has performed, co-produced and toured with the greatest musical artists on some of the best-sellling albums and films in music history for over 35 years.
Having studied classical and jazz on a scholarship at Indiana University, he is known for his proficiency on both keyboards and woodwinds (saxes, flutes and clarinet).
Larry credits Quincy Jones as his mentor with whom he recorded over 30 projects including Michael Jackson’s “Off The Wall”, “Bad” and “Thriller” – the biggest selling album of all time. And, he is particularly proud of his 30+ year recording and touring association with the late, five-time Grammy winner Al Jarreau.
Famously, Larry is a founding member (in 1975) of the seminal band Seawind. Since becoming a major player on the Los Angeles music scene, his contributions can be heard on over 1,500 records, movies and commercials; but, Larry is world renowned for his work with a who’s who of the music industry, including:
James Newton Howard
The Pointer Sisters
The Pussycat Dolls
among many others
Robert always heard this song as “something that sounded like Larry Williams and Al Jarreau. So, he (Robert) asked LARRY WILLIAMS to arrange and produce the song, with AL JARREAU himself starting the duet. The idea is that it sounds like an Al Jarreau song ... until Alexandra joins.
Then, Robert had the idea to get Oscar’s vocal recording from the 2006 album, and to get Oscar’s vocal into the song.
COMPLIMENTS from ICONIC ARTISTS:
“Larry Williams ... He’s my main man.” — the late Al Jarreau (1940 - 2017)
“Larry Williams’ versatility is amazing, his arranging is impeccable, and his playing is without peer.” — Quincy Jones
“Larry Williams brought his unique talents to ‘Off the Wall’, ‘Bad’ and ‘Thriller’.” — Michael Jackson
“The brother plays his ass off …his arrangements are magical.” — George Benson
“If you want a first rate musician on keyboards and sax, call Larry Williams.” — Eric Clapton
“Larry’s horn section arrangement completely captured the vision and vibe I was looking for.” — John Mayer
“Larry Williams on keyboards, programmes and sax – what a wizard!! Brilliant!” — Paul Young
“Larry Williams’ has played woodwinds, keyboards and arranged for me. I love his work.” — Ron Fair, President, A&M/Geffen
“Larry was an integral part of the George and Al CD …his contributions as an arranger and producer were invaluable.” — John Burk, Exec. VP, A&R-Concord Records