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Jessica Williams: Musical Truths

By Published: August 2, 2010
The Next Step

"The idea that I'm most interested in now is going with the music and not trying to make the music do something you intellectually think up," Williams says. "But rather allowing the music to take you to the place that it wants to take you. It's in the air all around us. It's the power. That's why I live in the woods [in Washington State, at the foot of the snow-capped Cascades] because there's so much clean air and so much music and so much health up here, and you're not distracted, and it's very easy to hear the music in the air, and translate it...well, not easy. It takes a life time.

"The next step, I can't tell you what it is because I don't know what the music will do," she adds. "Every time I sit down to my instrument and play I find another piece of the puzzle that I think will work.

"You know, there've been times when I've walked out on stage and said to myself, 'I'm going to improvise for the next 50 or 60 minutes.' And that's it. That's a show. And they say: 'That was a great show.' And I say, 'That wasn't a show; that was real.'"

At this point, real is the only way Jessica William can be. And that is the truth.

Selected discography

Jessica Williams, Touch (Origin Records, 2010)

Jessica Williams, The Art of the Piano (Origin Records, 2009)

Jessica Williams, Deep Monk (Red and Blue Records, 2008)

Jessica Williams, Blood Music (Red and Blue Music, 2008)

Jessica Williams, Tatums's Ultimatum (Red and Blue records, 2008)

Jessica Williams, Songs for a New Century (Origin Records, 2008)

Jessica Williams, Billy's Theme (Origin Records, 2006)

Jessica Williams, Live at Yoshi's, Volume 2 (MAXJAZZ, 2005)

Jessica Williams, For John Coltrane (Red and Blue Records, 2005)

Jessica Williams, The Real Deal (Hep Records, 2004)

Jessica Williams, Live at Yoshi's, Volume 1 MAXJAZZ, 2004)

Jessica Williams, All Alone (MAXJAZZ, 2003)

Jessica Williams, This Side Up (MAXJAZZ, 2002)

Photo Credits

All Photos Courtesy of Jessica Williams

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