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Album Review

Jessica Williams' long string of recordings for Jazz Focus are all recommended. This trio outing with bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer Dick Berk is a little unusual, for the pianist sticks exclusively to her own originals (except for her solo feature "T4 2," twhich is really "Tea for Two"). She covers quite a bit of ground, with "Clear Blue Lou," "Last Trane," the adventurous "Sputnik," "Toshiko" and "Blues R Us" being among the highlights; wit and swing are never absent.


Born: 17 March 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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Inventions, Jessica Williams Trio
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  • 9,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Bop
  • Released: 17 July 1995

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