NEW YORK (Billboard) - New York Yankees centerfielder Bernie Williams has inked a deal with jazz label GRP for the release of "The Journey Within," his recording debut.
The CD is expected in stores on July 15. Williams, who plays guitar, composed seven of the album's tracks, which are said to be in a contemporary and Latin jazz vein. Along with his own compositions are Williams' interpretations of Billy Joel's "And So It Goes" and Kansas' "Dust in the Wind."
Pianist David Benoit is featured on the first single "Just Because." Other guests include Bela Fleck and Ruben Blades. A limited edition of the CD will feature original cover art of Williams depicted by famed artist LeRoy Neiman.
Williams will perform at Chicago's House of Blues on July 13, coinciding with Major League Baseball's All-Star Weekend.
It's too bad that his knee injury may keep him out of the All-Star lineup.