Jessica Williams has the rare ability of drawing audiences into her musical circle by extracting vivid emotions from the music she plays. This is clearly evident on her new release Live at Yoshi’s (Volume Two) where she captivates the listener with fresh interpretations of standards and original compositions.
A penetrating and lyrical jazz pianist, Jessica Williams was known for her superb technique, dense harmonies, and deft improvisational skills. Emerging in the 1970s, she built upon the traditions of players like Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane, interpreting standards alongside her own sophisticated post-bop originals. In addition to notable work with Philly Joe Jones and Charlie Rouse, she largely garnered acclaim for her own trio albums, earning Grammy nominations for 1986's Nothin' But the Truth and 2004's Live at Yoshi's, Vol. 1.