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New Century, Same Genius: Ornette Coleman at JVC

Pete Malinverni

The 11th Annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival began with a nod to the festival’s namesake. Pianist Jessica Williams shared a story about hanging with Mary Lou Williams at the Keystone Korner in San Francisco, then

dedicated to her a heartfelt, unaccompanied version of John Coltrane’s “Wise One,” punctuated by a baby’s cry just before the final note. Referring to the infant’s vocal, Williams wryly noted, “I like that last comment, and I agree with it.” From there she displayed Monkish dissonance and a hint of

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