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STEPS

STEPS - Jessica Williams, piano, bells, acoustic bass; Jeff Johnson, acoustic bass (guest performer on trks 2 and 4); Dave Captein, acoustic bass; Mel Brown, drums, percussion, bells - A major release on Red and Blue Records - THIS ALBUM IS AVAILABLE: BUY

1 Joyful Sorrow mp3

2 Elegy

3 The Heart Path

4 The Nine Billion Names of God mp3

5 Little Song for Elaine (Jessica plays acoustic bass, finger-drums)

6 Namesake mp3

7 My Friend Bill

8 Steps

9 Prayer and Incantation (solo piano)

Total time 62 minutes, all compositions by Jessica Williams, JJW Music, ASCAP, Red and Blue Records

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Jessica Williams, piano, bells, acoustic bass; Jeff Johnson, acoustic bass (guest performer on trks 2 and 4); Dave Captein, acoustic bass; Mel Brown, drums, percussion, bells

PRODUCED FOR RED AND BLUE MUSIC BY JESSICA WILLIAMS. All compositions by Jessica Williams, JJW Music, ASCAP. Recorded at various recording sessions between 2001 and 2005

Mixed, mastered by Jessica Williams; Cover Photo by Jessica Williams. Artistic assistance by Elaine Arc

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itemName = Sonia
CD reviewed = Steps
Review = Beautiful. Enriching from the first to the last note, and then beyond.

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itemAll of our thoughts have power. The world is changed by ideas. Some ideas are of great good. Some ideas are hideous in their ability to end or distort life. As we enter the first decades of the 21st Century, many are lost, drunk with their power over others’ destiny. They are Sumyun Bukmun Umyun; deaf, dumb, and blind to the true purpose of life which is to bind together all living beings into one Sacred Light so that we may realize our potential in this time together, and to find LOVE in our hearts for each other.

We now must work to see and feel beyond differences and appearances which are nothing but the illusions and shadows in the darkness; with Light comes the Awakening. The Light will come, and perhaps not with bombs and death, and not with posturing and angry threats. Maturity brings humility. In this new world I have not seen much humility or modesty. But I believe the Light will come.

And since our thoughts have power, I will cling to this thought. Music and Art and good works are one Path to Peace, and so I continue to make these sounds in the stillness, these colors in the air, and I believe. Blindly, falteringly, but always I return to my home. This Music. -Jessica Williams

itemDate: Tue, 02 May 2006 - STEPS is a killer CD! I wanted to thank you for keeping the spirit of jazz alive. You're an amazing lady! Mike ___

itemDate: Mon, 14 May 2006 - Just got the shipment - thanks!!! we love the Standards albums and Steps. They're all really beautiful. The sounds you get out of that piano are so original and strange. Got to see you in person to find out how you do that! Keep going stron! - Gary ___

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