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Album Review

Cedar Walton on the back of this CD writes "Jessica has few peers on the jazz scene today" and, although she remains a bit underrated, the statement is quite true. This trio set with bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer Dick Berk has many exciting moments with the pianist finding plenty of fresh ideas on such songs as "We Kiss in a Shadow," Thelonious Monk's "Shuffle Boil," "It's Easy to Remember" and "Autumn Leaves" in addition to four of her own originals. The music is quite unpredictable while remaining consistently exciting. Jessica Williams really is one of the best.


Born: March 17, 1948 in Baltimore, MD

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Due to her being based in northern California, Jessica Williams is a bit underrated, but (on evidence of her sets for Jazz Focus and Hep) she is one of the top jazz pianists of today. Williams is a powerful virtuoso whose complete control of the keyboard, wit, solid sense of swing, and the influence of Thelonious Monk have combined to make her a particularly notable player. She started taking piano lessons when she was four and was gigging as a teenager. Williams took extensive classical lessons...
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  • Partial Album
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Bop
  • Released: Feb 07, 1994

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