Tony Williams is the stuff that jazz legends are made of. As a very young man -- some would say as a boy -- he became one of the most influential jazz musicians in the world,working with one of the premier jazz bands, the Miles Davis Quintet. At the same time that he exhibited this maturity as a performer, he also established himself as a composer of note on his own seminal Blue Note recordings. Yet, despite the unusual circumstances of his story and the vast amounts of publicity that he has generated over the years, Tony has remained something of an enigma in jazz. And he has done little to dispel that image. He currently lives outside of San Francisco, as far as possible from his roots in the East Coast jazz scene and while still remaining in the continental United States. Because he is a "musician's musician," his isolation from the jazz capitol and his peers only seems to enhance his image as an innovator and an enfant terrible. Our conversation took place in a recording studio in New York City where Tony had just completed a recent recording project. Almost ten years before, we had worked on several record projects together, and had not seen much of each other since then.