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Jessica Williams: Joy

The legendary force and filigree of Jessica Williams’ keyboard technique, admired of other pianists, are cast in different contexts on these albums, revealing many of the legend’s strengths and a few weaknesses.

Joy is conceived as a tribute suite to the title subject, composed by Williams and recorded in quartet/quintet ensembles in the Northwest. The settings, which range from happy skips to reflective blues to Coltrane-and-Sanders-like paeans, allow for both playful and devotional group activity.

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