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Smooth as jazz

Yankees star Williams talks about his CD, The Boss

Posted: Tuesday July 11, 2006 4:16PM; Updated: Friday August 4, 2006 11:25AM
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Bernie Williams would like to play more live shows but doesn't want to do so during baseball season and risk crossing The Boss.
Bernie Williams would like to play more live shows but doesn't want to do so during baseball season and risk crossing The Boss.
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Bernie Williams is not only a four-time World Series champion but also a classically trained guitarist whose first album, The Journey Within, was released in 2003.

SI.com: Do you plan to record a new CD?

Bernie Williams: I am farther away in the recording than I am in the planning. I am under contract with my current record label for another CD. It's all in the conceptual stage. I have a couple of ideas, but nothing is down.

SI.com: If you do another CD, what material will be on it and will there be any guest artists? 

Williams: That is up to the record company, but I would love to play with the current people recording music right now. There is so much talent out there.

SI.com: Are you happy with the last record? 

Williams: I was happy with the response, but I think I could have done a better job. Just the fact that I am not a recording artist -- at least I wasn't until that point -- there were a lot of things I needed to learn and there are a lot of things I would do differently.

SI.com: For example?

Williams: I'd take more time to record. It took about three weeks because we had great musicians, but I would have liked to have taken more time.

SI.com: Do you have any shows on schedule for this summer or any musicians you intend to work with?

Williams: No. Nothing during the season. I don't think George [Steinbrenner] would let me.

SI.com: Have you grown as a musician since the last release? 

Williams: I think so. I listen to more music and just about the whole record industry. Because I was involved in recording a CD, I got a better appreciation for the studio musicians and the artists that record music. I appreciate how hard it is for them to have a recording career, doing all the promotions and doing all the marketing and playing live. I think running on the novelty that I am a baseball player, people are curious to how the music sounds, and once they realize that I am a little bit more serious about it than the average celebrity, then hopefully they will pay a little more attention. Obviously, baseball has opened the door for me, at least for people to listen.