CD Next Step [Jessica Williams (Piano)] (CD 6644721),
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Next Step [Jessica Williams (Piano)]

  • 1. Taking a Chance on Love
    2. Stonewall Blues
    3. Easter Parade
    4. Bongo's Waltz
    5. I Didn't Know Until You Told Me (Love Say Hello to Me)
    6. Quilt, The
    7. Clear Blue Lou
    8. I Should Care
    9. Theme for Lester Young (Goodbye Pork Pie Hat)
    10. Like Someone in Love
    11. I'll Always Be in Love With You
    12. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
    13. Little Waltz
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2054

  • Credits
    ProducerAlastair Robertson

    Personnel: Jessica Williams (piano).
    Liner Note Author: Jim Wilke.
    Recording information: Whitehore Studio, Portland, OR (04/06/1993); Whitehorse Studio, Portland, OR (04/06/1993).
    Jessica Williams, although hardly a household name, is actually one of the finest jazz pianists of the 1990s and her Hep CD gives listeners ample proof. She does a brilliant imitation of Thelonious Monk on the first half of "Easter Parade" (before displaying her own strong musical personality), not only capturing Monk's unique chord patterns but his touch and his wit. Throughout the rest of her colorful solo set, Williams also hints at Art Tatum and Lennie Tristano and yet comes across as a true original. Her creative interpretations of such standards as "Taking a Chance on Love," "Like Someone in Love" and a medium-tempo "I Got It Bad" are quite memorable and full of more than their share of surprises including some funny quotes from other songs. The polyrhythms on "Bongo's Waltz" are worthy of Dave Brubeck, whose tender "I Didn't Know Till You Told Me" Williams also revives. Highly recommended. ~ Scott Yanow

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