THE STANDARDS, VOLUME ONE - Jessica Williams, piano; Dave Captein, bass; Mel Brown, drums - A major release on Red and Blue - THIS ALBUM IS AVAILABLE: BUY
1 Stars Fell on Alabama
3 In my Solitude
7 That Old Devil Moon
8 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Running time 61.32
Date: Tue, 02 May 2006 - WOW - Got the CD's today. WOW describes it. I've only listened to the Billy Taylor one. Beautiful. One of the first tracks has what sounds like Leroy Vinegar's bass on it. Wonderful music. I can't wait to listen to the other four disks! I'm digitizing my records and running my CDs to the same hard drive as well. I don't want to take a chance on losing any of this great music and emotion. Thanks again, Peace and love to all of you, Mike ___
Date: Mon, 1 May 2006 - I received the 10 CD's and I already listened to 7 of them. All of them are fantastic!! My favorite ones so far are The Standards Vol.1 and Time To Burn. Your original composition "Love and Hate" on the Unity CD was beautiful. Every number surprises me with your unbelievable technique & improvisation.You are right up there with Tatum & Peterson! I look forward to ordering additional CD's in the very near future. Sincerely, Arnie ___
Date: Mon, 1 May 2006 - Dear Jessica, I got your package...thank you for signing everything (nice touch), thanks for the extra disc, thanks for telling me to buy Billy's theme (a classic), listened to some of the live solo stuff - so far and it is all brilliant. keep in touch, Mike ___
Date: Mon, 01 May 2006 - WOW! Incredible music. Thanks. The three new CDs provided a lovely accompaniment to a rainy weekend in Des Moines. The recordings were fantastic. Thanks so much. Abe ___
Date: Sat, 29 Apr 2006 - Jessica, FYI the CDs arrived today. Pretty quick service considering how busy you must be getting them all mailed out. I played them all immediately - what better way to spend a rainy afternoon in the Seattle area? - and love them all. Everything you said about these disks being killer was true. I knew you were not bragging. Merely a statement of fact by one who ought to know! And I am really delighted with the cover work on the Standards album. Elaine's photos and their layout are just excellent and present a great feeling of joy and vitality. Peace, love, happiness, and everything good to you! Diane___
Standards Volume One - Jessica Williams, piano; Dave Captein, bass; Mel Brown, drums / A major release on Red and Blue
Stars Fell on Alabama - Perkins, Parish
I'll be Seeing You - Bowman
In my Solitude - Edward Kennedy Ellington
Talk of the Town - Livingston, Symes
My Heart Belongs to DaDa - C Porter
That Old Devil Moon - B Lane
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - Jerome Kern
Standards Volume Two - (sold separately) Jessica Williams, piano; Dave Captein, bass; Mel Brown, drums / A major release on Red and Blue
All Alone - Irving Berlin
Don't Blame Me - Fields, McHugh
East of the Sun - Bowman
St Thomas - Sonny Rollins
You do Something to Me - C Porter
In a Sentimental Mood - Edward Kennedy Ellington
All Alone (slow waltz) - Irving Berlin
This is IT. The best of the best: culled from our catalogue of personal favorites, none of these tracks have EVER been released anywhere, ever. This is the FIRST time these tracks have been made available. Every single piece is a winner in every sense, and it had me dancing around the house as I was supervising the remix and the tune order.
You'll want to play these two together, as they're inextricably linked by the tone and the ambience and the SHEER JOY of the performances.
These tracks were made over the last few years. We're still here, and still excited as ever to make this Music together. It holds all of our joy and our enthusiasm. You won't hear stuff like this often. The love is palpable, and the beauty of the musicianship is at times astounding, even to my own worst critic, me.
Mel and Dave swing like there's no tomorrow. Maybe there won't be, but this is what makes every moment precious and worth living. This Music makes me realize that there IS hope, and that, as long as we believe in our selves, our abilities, and our love for one another, we'll be JUST FINE.
Bushes and Roves may come and go. This Music will echo throughout eternity. I am sure to take a few hits for being so maniacally positive about this two-album set...but honestly, it's not EGO. It's EXCITEMENT. It's SO beautiful.
I am glad to have made this Music. My life is REDEEMED and given meaning by its existence! I know you'll enjoy it as much as I do. - Jessica Williams
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