JazzTimes (p.95) - "With an acute sensitivity to melody aligned to that magnificent touch, her ballads become akin to personal gifts to her listeners."
Personnel: Jessica Williams (piano); Jessica Williams ; Ray Drummond (bass instrument); Victor Lewis (drums).
Audio Mixer: Phil Edwards .
Liner Note Author: Jessica Williams .
Recording information: Yoshi's, Oakland, CA (07/09/2003-07/10/2003).
Photographers: Dena Katz; Jimmy Katz.
Arranger: Jessica Williams .
Jessica Williams is in typically superb form throughout this live trio set. Her interpretations of Miles Davis' "Flamenco Sketches" (which is rarely ever revived) and Sonny Rollins' catchy "Paul's Pal" are cheerful and she sounds exuberant on a witty version of "Why Do I Love You." Other performances are more straightforward and, although Thelonious Monk is usually cited as a major influence, she only hints at Monk a little bit on "Lulu's Back in Town." Otherwise, Williams sounds quite original, stretching herself on four of her originals and enjoying the support of bassist Ray Drummond and drummer Victor Lewis. This is a fun outing by a great pianist. ~ Scott Yanow
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