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Major Releases

With Love

With Love - BRAND NEW! Highly recommended 2014 performance by Jessica Williams. Just released on OriginArts, International distribution. Jessica Williams plays lovely, lush ballads. A must-have. "This marinating in the melody without artifice, without flash or a hint of pretention, reveals the human side of the lyrical content of these songs—the truth of these songs . . ." read more - By Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz, Published: April 13, 2014 5 stars

Freedom Trane

Freedom Trane - NEW! On OriginArts. Jessica's trio with Mel Brown, drums and Dave Captein, bass. Dedicated to John Coltrane. "Freedom Trane provides that special sort of chill that comes from hearing great music— and this is most definitely great music, made by a great artist. This is a high quality, highly recommended performance by Williams, a consummate musician of astonishing grace, passion and skill" - All About Jazz5 stars

Songs of Earth

Songs of Earth - NEW! On OriginArts. Jessica Williams, solo piano, composer. "With so many stylistic variations and so much freedom and with the wildly unusual methods of composition, how does this all fit together? Diverse, placid, dramatic, whimsical, unpredictable and tranquil: I think this is the finest solo piano CD I've enjoyed in years! Five Stars!" - John Henry, Audiophile Audition5 stars

Jessica PLAYS

Jessica PLAYS - BRAND NEW! On Red and Blue. Jessica Williams, solo piano, composer, live at Stanford in 2005. One of her favorite concerts. All original tunes. Literally, Jessica Williams' Music 5 stars

Friday Night

Jessica Williams Trio: Friday Night - BRAND NEW! On Red and Blue. Jessica Williams, piano, composer, with John Wiitala on bass and Kent Bryson on drums, live at Yoshi's in 2005. Fine trio jazz played with skill, daring, originality, and lots of emotion 5 stars

Saturday Night

Jessica Williams Trio: Saturday Night - BRAND NEW! On Red and Blue. Jessica Williams, piano, composer, with John Wiitala on bass and Kent Bryson on drums, live at Yoshi's in 2005. Fine trio jazz played with skill, daring, originality, and lots of emotion 5 stars

Time is Love

Time is Love - NEW! On Red and Blue. Jessica Williams, solo piano, composer, released 2013. Too new for review. Best Seller 2013

The Last Monk

The Last Monk - NEW! Jessica Williams, solo piano. Jessica plays tunes by Thelonious Monk, released 2013. On Red and Blue. Includes bonus trio tune. Too new for review. Best Seller 2013

Reflections

Reflections - NEW! On Red and Blue. Jessica Williams, solo piano, composer, released 2013. Too new for review. Best Seller 2013

Touch

TOUCH - NEW! On OriginArts. Jessica Williams, solo piano. Jessica Williams' new album TOUCH tops Dan McClenaghan's Top Ten for 2011 on AllAboutJazz - "Masterpiece isn't a word to be tossed around lightly. Jessica Williams, with the eighty-eight piano keys and a lifetime of musical immersion, has created one with this recording." - Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz. Read an incredible review from AllAboutJazz5 stars

Songs for a New Century

Songs for a New Century - NEW On OriginArts. Grammy Nominee on OriginArts. Jessica Williams, solo piano, composer. "Songs for a New Century more than lives up to its proud title with 8 originals and one by Sonny Rollins. On 'Toshiko', she coaxes the sounds of a Koto from the piano. 'Fantasia' is a reminder of  her extensive conservatory training and extraordinary touch, compared to Bill Evans and Glenn Gould" - JazzTimes critic Doug Ramsey. - A JazzTimes and AllAboutJazz Critic's Pick4 and a half stars

Art of the Piano

The Art of the Piano - On OriginArts. "The Art of the Piano is another stunningly beautiful set by Williams; solo piano gets no better than this" - By Dan McClenaghan, Senior Contributor, All About Jazz - Dan McClenaghan's Top Ten for 20095 stars

Billys Theme

Billy's Theme - Grammy Nominee, On OriginArts. Jessica Williams, solo piano, her musical tribute to the venerable Dr Billy Taylor: she premiered it at the Kennedy Center in Wash, DC. "Out of the 150 cds I have listened to this year, this is the CD OF THE YEAR for me. Brilliant. Genius. Original. Breath-taking. 5 STARS!" - Michigan Jazz Week. "Her music approaches the exhilaration of a Keith Jarrett concert in its rushes of spontaneous discovery" - JazzTimes5 stars

Tatums Ultimatum

Tatum's Ultimatum - 4th Printing! Jessica Williams, solo piano. "It is new, and it is stunning... executed in some passages at supersonic speed with timing and accuracy that recall Tatum. One of her admirers who is also a world-class jazz pianist told me recently, "I think Jessica is the cleanest fast pianist I've ever heard" - Doug Ramsey, critic for JazzTimes5 stars

Solo Compositions

Solo Compositions - Remastered. PURE BEAUTY AND TOTAL ORIGINALITY. Jessica Williams, solo piano, all original compositions, an absolute must-have for any serious collector of Jessica's work. Some of the clearest, most focused playing on CD, this music will be a part of your life after a few hearings. An artist favorite5 stars

Rain

Rain - NEW. Solo piano, on Jessica's NEW 7 foot 6 inch Yamaha Conservatory Grand: No hype. Very editative, very peaceful. The music is to calm and soothe the spirit. The music is transparent as is the pianist4 stars

The Golden Light

The Golden Light - Jessica's first 1977 "commercial release" reissued on CD. Powerful, with speed to spare, it's pedal-to-the-metal pianistics. Jessica also plays drums, congas, percussion, and bass on most cuts. Add to this one special vocal with Joyce Diamond (a truly gifted artist who passed in her prime) and you have an album that's unbelievably fun to listen to and just plain unbelievable!4 stars

Deep Monk

Deep Monk - NEW. Tunes by Thelonious Monk, plus tunes he was known for. Mysterioso, April in Paris, Easy Street, Ugly Beauty, Crepescule, Monk's Mood, I Should Care, more."I've just listened to Deep Monk. It takes my breath away. Thelonious Monk's music has given me life-long satisfaction and sustenance. You've brought me the same experience with your playing of it. It's almost as if Thelonious had come back to us with some new interpretations..." - Curtis Plumb.5 stars

Prophets

Prophets - NEW. Tunes by Monk, Trane, and Williams. Lonnie's Lament, What's new, Evidence, Crescent, Wise One, Fantasia, more. "There are no throwaway tracks on this set, nor are there any JW CDs that should be overlooked" - Scott Yanow, All Music Guide. A gorgeous yet highly charged and spiritually intense set of pieces, recorded live in concert5 stars

Steps

Steps - A BESTSELLER. Jessica Williams, p; Dave Captein, b; Jeff Johnson, b; Mel Brown, dr. Speed, swing, style and passion. "I will say on record that I think she is the finest pianist of our time. Her cds are consistently immaculate. For your hard-earned dollars, a Jessica Williams album is a no brainer" - Fred Jung, All About Jazz5 stars

Equinox

Equinox - BESTSELLER. Jessica Williams, solo piano. Blinding speed with purpose, inspiring originality, and total focus on communication. "Her wit and constant sense of swing make her performances so accessible - yet other pianists must at times wonder how she thought of (much less played) a particular phrase!" - Scott Yanow, Author, The All Music Guide, LA JazzScene5 stars

Standards 1

The Standards Volume One - Jessica Williams, p; Dave Captein, b; Mel Brown, dr. Moving improvisations and explorations on the standard repertoire by one of the best bands in the world. "When she improvises, it's a bit like listening to Lester Young or Sonny Rollins when it's really happening." - Tom Chandler of Rasputin's5 stars

Standards 2

The Standards Volume Two - Jessica Williams, p; Dave Captein, b; Mel Brown, dr. "Over the past few years I have written some thousands of words in appreciation of this great artist, but I never cease to be amazed at her phenomenal technique, good taste, imagination, sense of fun, swing, and, above all, her ability to make everything sound bright, new, fresh, and exciting." - Pat Hawes, Jazz Journal International5 stars

NOW

NOW!!! - STRAIGHT-AHEAD JAZZ. Jessica Williams, p; Dave Captein, b; Mel Brown, dr. Soaring improvisations and sizzling straight-ahead back-to-basics playing. "She is simply a pianistic force of nature that will not be denied" - C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz. An artist favorite5 stars

Plays For Lovers

Jessica Williams Plays for Lovers - CONTINUING BESTSELLER. Jessica Williams, solo piano; all standards, one of our all-time best sellers. A stunning collection of beautiful yet original renderings, including That's All, My Foolish Heart, I Wish I knew, Blue Moon, Naima, more. "Lover or not, all you need is a heart to appreciate the music. Recommended!" - Jorg Knobloch, All About Jazz5 stars

PrimeTime

PrimeTime - Jessica Williams, p; Dave Captein, b; Mel Brown, dr. The language of jazz lived and played by like-minded masters of the vocabulary. "Jessica Williams is one of the finest living jazz pianists around, a fact that is only known by those who are devoted to the music in the first place." - Jazziz Magazine - "I wouldn't change a thing in her playing." - The Jazz Column, Michael Ullman5 stars

As Time Goes By

As Time Goes By - A BESTSELLER, NOW RE-ISSUED. No longer a Limited Edition. Jessica Williams, solo piano, playing familiar music by Gershwin, Kern, Berlin, Garner, more. "Poetic, bluesey musings with a warmth and clarity that's very seductive. You owe it to yourself to listen to this true jazz original"4 and a half stars- Rasputin's

Unity

Unity - A BESTSELLER, NOW RE-ISSUED. Jessica Williams, solo piano, recorded live in concert at the famous Triple Door in Seattle, WA; a magically hypnotic and transcendant performance. "Her technical mastery is equaled by her honest-to-goodness swing; her power matched is by her dexterity. In a word, she's a 'monster.'" - Geraldine Wyckoff, Downbeat Magazine4 and a half stars

Vital Signs

Vital Signs - NEW. Jessica Williams, solo piano, from her collection of amazing and unusual incidents and encounters with the piano. "'Vital Signs' is myself challenging myself on many levels, and stands as a marker, a commitment to exploring the possibilities of the piano, which I am feel I am truly beginning now." The music speaks for itself4 stars

Blood Music

Blood Music - NEW. Not jazz, exactly, but with the times - her own original compositions, plus her cover of Escape from New York by John Carpenter. All new! Some deep dance beats, African, World Beat; also includes classical interludes and orchestral passages. Very exciting, groove-oriented, thought-provoking, and emotionally powerful. This is Alternative Jazz-Indie 21st Century Music4 stars

Live at the JBL

Live, solo at the JBL Theatre - A BESTSELLER. Jessica Williams, solo piano, recorded live in concert at the famous JBL Theatre (home of the Experience Music Project) in Seattle, WA. "Williams has a beautiful touch, and great fluency of both imagination and execution" - Peter Westbrook, Jazz Review5 stars

Limited editions

The Limited Edition Collection features some of the most significant music that Jessica Williams has made but never found it's way to the factory. She records the CDs herself in her professionally equipped studio on her own 7-foot Concert Grand Piano, designs the covers and writes the liners herself, duplicates the CDs on industry-standard, stand-alone hardware, and hand-assembles the finished product, which she signs and personalizes for you. Sound quality is equal or superior to mass-produced factory CDs, at 44,000HkZ. On Taiyo Yuden Media, the best audio media made, every CD is made entirely by Jessica Williams. These are exclusive items (see them) and available nowhere else. "Ten years ago, I started Red and Blue, and decided that it needed to provide a special outlet for my most important works that are best appreciated by devotees who possess an intense love of inspired, creative, original Music and an equally intense disdain for evil shrink-wrap, over-produced displays of egocentricity, slick media hype, lame liner notes, insipid uninspired content, and digipaks. Music is much more important than the cover designer. And I still believe that, even in this age of corporate conformity." - Jessica Williams

Limited Editions available now:

ballads

Ballads - NEW. Solo piano, on Jessica's NEW 7 foot 6 inch Yamaha Conservatory Grand: No hype. Just listen

More for Monk

More For Monk - CONTINUING BESTSELLER. Jessica Williams, solo piano, the definitive tribute to Thelonious Monk; some of his tunes, some originals and standards. Jessica doesn't copy Monk. Monk is simply one of her influences and his spirit permeates this satisfying and deeply sincere tribute date

Blue Tuesday

Blue Tuesday - A FAVORITE AND A BESTSELLER. Jessica Williams, solo piano, all original compositions. Includes Toshiko, I Remember Bill, Clear Blue Lou, Blue Tuesday, more. NOTE: Original album title: Piano Pieces

Live at the Seasons

Live at the Seasons - Recorded at the beautiful Seasons Recital Hall. Jessica Williams, solo piano. "The most important creative artists rarely remain at rest. They explore and grow. The piano master Jessica Williams is touched by emerging musical currents in the world. This concert finds her melding new muses with the modern mainstream jazz that has informed her work for four decades." - Doug Ramsey, JazzTimes. Includes Black Tears, My Romance, Alone Together, Afro Blue, Easy to Remember, more

Offering

Offering - FOR ELVIN JONES. Jessica Williams, solo piano. Quiet, spiritual, beautiful piano music recorded on May 22nd, 2004, played in tribute three days after the passing of Mr Elvin Jones. Spiritual Music in the jazz tradition. Easy to Remember, Nancy With the Laughing Face, I Want to Talk About You, Lonnie's Lament, more

Time to Burn

Time to Burn - THE ULTIMATE LIVE TRIO DATE. Jessica Williams, p; Dave Captein, b; Mel Brown, dr. Recorded live in concert at Jazz Alley in Seattle. Deeply swinging, happy jazz music. "There is nothing Jessica can't do on a piano, and she is one of jazz's most unique, talented and important voices" - Terrell Holmes, All About Jazz

Maybeck 2001

Live! at Maybeck 2001 - BESTSELLER. Jessica Williams, solo piano, recorded live in concert at Maybeck in Berkeley, CA in 2001; a total artistic and aesthetic success. Contains Rahsaan's Black Diamond and Jessica's Kayla

Dedicated to You

Dedicated to You - BESTSELLER. "If you want to hear blazing speed and awesome time, here it is! Another incredible album by Jessica Williams" - Pat Hawes, Jazz Journal International. Jessica Williams, solo piano, mixed program of standards and originals

Jessicas Time

It's Jessica's Time - BESTSELLER. Jessica Williams, solo piano recorded live in concert in Seattle WA at Jazz Alley. "Jessica Williams is one of the more versatile and astonishing pianists out there! Four and a half stars for It's Jessica's Time!" - George Fendel - JazzScene

Spain

Jazz Impressions of Spain - BEAUTIFUL, PASSIONATE. Jessica Williams, pianist, composer, all instruments. Including the 18-minute solo piano Concerto and Meditations, composed while in Santander, Spain. Written and recorded right after a tour of mysterious Espana

Fantasias and Adagios

Fantasias and Adagios - BRAND NEW MUSIC. Fantasias and Adagios: Extemporaneous Solo Inventions for the Pianoforte. Jessica Williams, composer, 7-foot Knabe Concert Grand Piano. Classical Music, not jazz. "For me this is a form of prayer and meditation in which I humbly seek to pass beyond mental images and concepts, and enter into a direct experience of the divine." - Artist comment. Dedicated to Glenn Gould

Meditations

Millennial Meditations - A MUSICAL VISION FOR OUR TIMES. Jessica Williams, solo piano, composer, and trio; contains Jessica's Nightwatch, the music used for the HBO special The Comedian about the life of Jerry Seinfeld, plus the original version of The Judge

Virtual Miles Vol 1

Virtual Miles Volume One - AWESOME and still a buyer's favorite. Jessica Williams pays tribute to Miles Davis; amazing, powerful, all original music. You have NEVER HEARD ANYTHING quite like this, and it will leave you spellbound!

Virtual Miles Vol 2

Virtual Miles Volume Two - NEW MUSIC. Uncategorizable, groove-oriented jazz with a hypnotic beat and experimental bent. Jessica Williams pays tribute to Miles Davis again; new technologies, new Music, totally original and hot off the CD burners. All Jessica Williams compositions, with acoustic piano thoughout

Without Walls

Without Walls - A FAVORITE. Jessica Williams, pianist, composer, all instruments. Contains the beautiful and haunting Poem in G Minor, a mesmerizing ode to Miles Davis, Slant, and a winning version of one of Jessica's most requested tunes, Heather. Not for diehard traditionalists, this is Music with one foot in the future

The Gift

The Gift - TRADITION MEETS TOMORROW. Jessica Williams, trio, solo; When Your Lover Has Gone, Paul's Pal, I'll be Seeing you, All Blues, many more. From Jessica's personal favorites collection (some synthesizers and sampled sounds used, so purists, be warned)

Song for Yusef

Song for Yusef - TRIBUTE to the master. Jessica plays piano, flutes, bass and drums, and just generally has lots of fun! All original music, dedicated to one of the world's unsung jazz heroes and consummate giants, Yusef Lateef. Jessica plays acoustic piano, real wooden flutes, and real drums on this one

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This site is dedicated to John Coltrane, Glenn Gould, Elvin Jones, Mary Lou Williams, Dexter Gordon, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Philly Joe Jones, Tony Williams, and all who have devoted their lives and their souls to Music. "I want to be a force for good. I know there are bad forces here that bring suffering to others and misery to the world, but I want to be the force which is truly good." - John Coltrane

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