RESOLUTION - Limited Edition - Jessica Williams, solo piano, Recorded Live in Concert at The Triple Door in Seattle Washington on September 7 & 8, 2006
1 They Say it’s Wonderful - Irving Berlin - 8:06
2 Love and Hate - (Jessica Williams, JJW Music, ASCAP) - 13.06
3 You Say you Care - Robin and Styne - 6:38
4 Elaine - Jessica Williams - 5:20
5 We Kiss in a Shadow- Rodgers and Hammerstein - 10:27
6 Afro Blue / Mongo Santamaria - 16:40
7 Triple Blues / Jessica Williams - 9:15
Limited Edition1:09:52 total time - PRODUCED BY JESSICA WILLIAMS FOR RED AND BLUE RECORDINGS™ - JESSICA WILLIAMS, SOLO PIANO, LIVE IN CONCERT - Recorded live, direct to disk and mixed by Craig Montgomery - Jessica Williams plays a Steinway Model ‘D’ 9 foot Concert Grand Piano - Duplication by Rainer Gembalzcyk at Sienna Digital, www.siennadigital.com
February 8, 2007 7:07:58am: Beautiful cd. I've listened to it 3 times in a row. Unheard of. Your beautiful version of Afro Blue brought back great memories from the 60's and hearing it the first time as a vocal on an Lp by the late, great and underappreciated Oscar Brown Jr. Keep swingin'! - Fred ___
LINER NOTES by S. Diane Johnston
Jessica Williams wants to take us on a journey into the unknown wilderness. With her music as our guide, we are going to search for that elusive Fountain of Truth. Jessica does exactly what she says should be done: she makes music so good that it changes your life. Whether the change is permanent or not depends on you, but while you are traveling with her, listening to her music, completely new sensations and ideas rise to the surface and show you things about yourself you may never have been aware of before. The music opens up locked-in feelings, memories, bits of self-knowledge, realizations about where you have been and where you need to go. Just listen!
She will provide many different experiences, and sometimes side trips, along the way. She plays a hackneyed old love song with such perfect phrasing, such exquisite tenderness, that it is totally new. (Listen to "When I Fall in Love," or "Every Time We Say Goodbye.") "Hey," you say, with an unexpected rush of feeling, "that is a beautiful song--I never really heard it before!" Her versions of the standards swing with an irresistible beat that makes you dance and sing and at the same time she takes you to fresh new places. (Listen to "Bye, Bye, Blackbird" done in a spare and elegant style reminiscent of Leos Janacek.) She can take on the musical flavor of another country and make you feel nostalgic memories of having been there, whether you were or not. (Listen to the "Jazz Impressions of Spain" album or the evocative Indian rhythms of "The Nine Billion Names of God" or the Brazilian sounds of "Theme from the Morning of the Carnival.") And yet the music is not derivative. It is Jessica Williams music, and unique.
Many of her own compositions are dedicated to the people (and the creatures) that she loves and admires. ("Billy's Theme," "To Thelonius with Love," "Elaine," "Kayla," "Soldaji.") There are entire albums of homage to her teachers and fellow musicians. ("For John Coltrane," "Virtual Miles," "For Elvin Jones." ) There are contemplative, meditative explorations of spiritual and philosophical ideas. ("Prayer and Incantation.")
And there is the power and ferocity exemplified by "Love and Hate," a great roaring ocean of music tossing you wildly from place to place before depositing you into gentle rivulets and clearwater pools of rest and cleansing. During the performance of this composition, the piano fills the room like a full symphony orchestra! After experiencing such intensity, such passion, grown men have been known to creep out of the musical venue while it's still dark so that no one will notice the tears running down their faces. Here you learn that getting to the heart of the music sometimes means getting to the Heart of Darkness. Beauty can be painful sometimes as it bores its way into your soul.
So, is this music all jazz? What is jazz, anyway? There doesn't seem to be one solid definition of the genre, and that is appropriate because jazz can't be pinned down. It's a "go where you wanna go, do what you wanna do" kind of thing. Everyone agrees that jazz is freedom. Freedom is not anarchy, not chaos, it is order but an order that is not set in its ways. It is constantly changing, growing, developing. So, is all Jessica's music really jazz? She says it is jazz and something more. Who knows? Who cares? It is simply gorgeous music. Just listen!
Jessica Williams is a serious musician. And, of course, we are all serious listeners too. But don't forget the Fun Factor. You may think she looks a bit like a Christmas Tree Angel with the overhead lights shining off her silvery fall of hair, but oh! that devilish little smile when she does something outrageous and takes her listeners to totally unexpected places, murmuring under her breath, "Ha, ha! You didn't see that coming, did you?" She says she doesn't show off anymore, doesn't feel the need to be competitive with her jazz colleagues. But still... if you've got it, why not flaunt it a little bit now and then? A little virtuosity, a little wit, a little laughter--just for fun, of course. And we all appreciate some comic relief in the midst of a challenging experience.
There will always be more trips to take and with a leader like this, we will never get lost. If, as we come to the end of this current expedition, we find that sought-after Truth keeps receding like the gold in the corroded old pot at the end of the rainbow, well, never mind. It was the journey that was the important thing. We learned a lot and did we ever have a good time! - Notes by S. Diane Johnston
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