Jessica Williams, jazz pianist, composer

Jessica Williams, pianist, composer

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  • "Jessica Williams is one of the greatest jazz pianists I have ever heard." - Dave Brubeck
  • "Jessica is a beautiful player." - McCoy Tyner
  • "The most important pianist to arrive since Bill Evans." - Alun Morgan, Gramophone
  • "She has the rare ability to draw listeners into her private musical world and hold them there, enthralled." -Dave Gelly, The London Observer
  • "Jessica is a powerful virtuoso, a brilliant solo player, and a 'giant of music', consistently brilliant." - Scott Yanow, The All Music Guide
  • "Nothing short of brilliant." - Sidney Bechet-Mandela, JazzUSA
  • "A vibrant force on the contemporary music scene." - Rolling Stone
  • "In a word, she's a monster. Her technical mastery is equaled by her swing; her power matched by her dexterity." - Geraldine Wyckoff, Downbeat
  • "Her style and technique embrace a very original combination of wit, grace, introspection and white heat." - Harvey Siders, JazzTimes
  • "She is simply a pianistic force of nature that will not be denied." - C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz
  • "I will say on record that I think she is the finest pianist of our time. And her records are, bar none, the most consistently immaculate and for your hard-earned dollars, a Jessica Williams album is a no-brainer" - Fred Jung, All About Jazz
  • "Jessica is utterly magnificent . . . the most poetic of all living jazz pianists." - Jeff Simon, The Buffalo News
  • "This is easy. Jessica Williams doesn't make bad records." - JazzNow, Lawrence Brazier
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"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent." — Victor Hugo

"My music had roots which I'd dug up from my own childhood, musical roots buried in the darkest soil." — Ray Charles

"My music has it's roots down deep in my soul, and it would not exist without me being who I am. I cannot escape its pull any more than I could escape my own identity." — Jessica Williams

"Somebody said to me, 'But the Beatles were anti-materialist.' That's a huge myth. John and I literally used to sit down and say, 'Now, let's write a swimming pool.'" — Paul McCartney

"I couldn't play that pop song for my friend, and I couldn't play in 'joints' anymore. I couldn't schmooze or hang out or drink or smoke anymore. I couldn't take the abuse. I became self-defined. I became simply me. This is the way it is, and the Music I play now is mine. Every single note means something to me and I can't play a note that isn't in my heart or omit one that is. I know that this somewhat limits my prospects for a future in the music business, and I've accepted that." — Jessica Williams [ . . . ]

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