All About Jazz

Home » Music » Song of the Day

24

Empathy by Jessica Williams

From the album

Album Title: Songs for a New Century
Label: Origin Records
Released: 2008

Listen


Sign in to view listen count

Broken link? Report it to us

About the Album

Jessica Williams' newest album more than lives up to its proud title with 8 originals by Jessica Williams and one seldom-heard chestnut by Sonny Rollins. The music is as new as the 21st Century and quite unlike ANYTHING Ms Williams has committed to CD before: in a program that spans all of the emotions, from longing, sadness, wonder, and optimism, to melting love, there are times when one may wonder if it's "just a piano" they're hearing. On "Toshiko", she manages to coax the sounds of a Koto or a Shamisen out of the instrument, all without any overdubs. The title tune, "First Wish", immediately fills you with the spirit of promise and positive change. Her heart-breaking "Fantasia" is a strong reminder of her extensive conservatory training and extraordinary touch, often compared to Bill Evans (and, more recently, to Glenn Gould) by JazzTimes critic Doug Ramsey. Still firmly rooted in her nearly 50 year love-affair with jazz, she offers her deeply-felt tribute to the memory of the great pianist Oscar Peterson, and rounds out the mesmerizing program with her original compositions containing soaring lines and rapid-fire sheets-of-sound that were inspired by the ground-breaking work of one of her strongest and earliest influences, saxophone giant John Coltrane.

Song Listing

Empathy; Toshiko; Fantasia; Song for a Baby; Blessing in Disguise; Lament; Dear Oscar; Spoken Softly; If Only.

Personnel

Additional Personnel

Jessica Williams: piano.

Reviews

Date featured

May 7, 2008

This song appears by permission of the contributing artist and/or record company.
It is for personal use only; no other rights are granted or implied.


Tags

Shop Amazon

Song of the Day

Popular

Un Poco Loco
Dave Bass
Up And Down
Yi Yunseon
Clinomania
Yi Yunseon
A Lisbon Song
Max Agnas
Big Nine
Hogo Fogo
Scarlet Lullaby
Alex Jenkins

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.