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Jessica Williams: Live At Yoshi's Volume One

Read "Live At Yoshi's Volume One" reviewed by Chris May

It's all too easy to let piano trio albums pass you by. The format is so familiar, and the palette so thoroughly explored, that the prospect of adventure and surprise may seem remote. If it's not the Esbjorn Svensson Trio or the Bad Plus, packing their radical hairstyles and digital effects, the music can find itself ...

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Jessica Williams: Live at Yoshi's Volume One

Read "Live at Yoshi's Volume One" reviewed by John Kelman

Pianist Jessica Williams may not be as well known, say, as Mulgrew Miller or Kenny Barron, but she's a powerful and talented pianist more than a little influenced by Thelonious Monk. Still, with an immediately recognizable playing style all her own, Williams clearly belongs in the upper ranks of mainstream pianists, and her latest disc, Live ...

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Mulgrew Miller: Live at Yoshi's Volume One

Read "Live at Yoshi's Volume One" reviewed by John Kelman

With the multiplicity of mainstream records out there mining the standards songbook, what does it take to differentiate oneself from the crowd? Well, in the case of pianist Mulgrew Miller, it is about formidable virtuosity that never loses site of the inner truth of the music; it's also about injecting a little surprise--not too much--where one ...