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LIVE AT YOSHI'S Volume One; Jessica Williams,piano; Ray Drummond, bass; Victor Lewis, drums | listen to this cd, learn more

Critic's reviews:


Jeff Simon, Buffalo News

If Keith Jarrett is jazz's great epic poet, Jessica Williams may be the great living lyric poet of the jazz keyboard.


The All Music Guide, Thom Jurek

Live at Yoshi's, Vol. 1 is one of the finer live trio sides to be issued in recent years. It is also one of Jessica Williams' best efforts ever - which is saying a lot because her consistency has been remarkable. It is inspired and full of fire as well as aplomb. Based on the evidence here, Vol. 2 will be greeted with much anticipation.


Andrew Gilbert, Contra Costa Times Correspondent

Among the most lyrical and expressive pianists in jazz, Williams has come together in recent years with bassist Ray Drummond and drummer Victor Lewis to create a superlative trio that draws inspiration from the music's giants. Williams describes this channeling as a "well of souls that speaks through us at special times," such as the two-night engagement last year at the Oakland jazz club that produced her just-released "Live at Yoshi's Volume One," an album that ranks among the best in Williams' formidable discography. It's her third release for the classy MaxJazz label, following the trio's 2002 debut "This Side Up," and last year's exquisite solo session "All Alone."


By C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz

To my mind Live at Yoshi's Volume One is Jessica Williams finest effort to date. She is simply a pianistic force of nature that will not be denied.


Don Williamson, music critic

With Live At Yoshi's: Volume One, Jessica Williams has documented her ability to entrance an audience in a nightclub setting, and she has added one more setting to her growing string of MAXJAZZ releases that capture her emphasis on the richness of her sound and the her no-nonsense ability to craft new forms from the raw material of the songs that she plays with her trio.


Chris May , All About Jazz

A mature artist at the peak of her powers, her joyous and uplifting music is an exquisite balm for tired ears and souls, moving with easy assurance between funked-up two-fisted exuberance and limpid delicacy.

A joy listen to. Roll on Volume Two.


Jon Poses, The Columbia Daily Tribune

Williams has a distinct and delightful flair in her technique; there are some Tynerisms in her work. She also is driven by tinges of the blues and soul. Her partners on this live expedition are two of the best. It is really a treat to hear the combined consummate professionalism and virtuosity of Drummond and Lewis mesh with Williams. It is almost as if selection doesn’t matter.


Glenn Whip, LA Daily News

Grade: A. Put brilliant pianist Williams with the ace rhythm section of bassist Ray Drummond and drummer Victor Lewis and you know you're in for something special, and this live date doesn't disappoint.

Piano trios don't get any better than this.