262

Jessica Williams: This Side Up

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
Jessica Williams: This Side Up As she interprets Rahsaan Roland Kirk's "Theme for the Eulipians," Jessica Williams swaggers with the same attitude its composer possessed. A swinging blues feeling runs through her session, but the pianist's clearly defined keyboard technique takes her along a delicate path. The right hand paints light watercolor pastels that contain lightning streaks of contrast. Her left hand is freed up by the presence of a bassist, so Williams is able to supply a subdued countermelody and harmonic fill. In all, the piano's voices are intermingled with a fresh innocence that few possess. And this from a veteran. MAXJAZZ.com provides several pertinent audio samples. At times light and bouncy like a music box, and at times down and dirty on the dance floor, Williams is able to express her creative ideas in an everyman kind of way. Her original compositions have purpose. Homage is paid to Milt Hinton, Miles Davis and Dexter Gordon through three of the songs. For the most part delicate and gentle, Williams' album swings with a lyrical nature. This one receives an early nomination for best jazz album of 2002.


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Mata Hati CD/LP/Track Review Mata Hati
by Ian Patterson
Published: July 29, 2017
Read Donora Autumn CD/LP/Track Review Donora Autumn
by Jack Bowers
Published: July 29, 2017
Read A Wing Dissolved In Light CD/LP/Track Review A Wing Dissolved In Light
by John Sharpe
Published: July 29, 2017
Read Passin' Thru CD/LP/Track Review Passin' Thru
by Mark Sullivan
Published: July 29, 2017
Read Amour Cruel CD/LP/Track Review Amour Cruel
by Peter Jurew
Published: July 29, 2017
Read Translator's Note CD/LP/Track Review Translator's Note
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: July 28, 2017
Read "Luck Child" CD/LP/Track Review Luck Child
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: April 16, 2017
Read "Daylight Ghosts" CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: July 10, 2017
Read "Live At Blues Alley" CD/LP/Track Review Live At Blues Alley
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: August 4, 2016
Read "Feather" CD/LP/Track Review Feather
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: April 22, 2017
Read "And Now the Queen - A Tribute to Carla Bley" CD/LP/Track Review And Now the Queen - A Tribute to Carla Bley
by Karl Ackermann
Published: November 30, 2016
Read "IZA" CD/LP/Track Review IZA
by Ian Patterson
Published: April 17, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.