Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication and that is Jessica Williams!
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
Jessica Williams is a critically acclaimed pianist that has the reputation and the ability to go deep. Thanks to the misfortune of two rather serious health battles which she has documented and spoken of in great detail, Williams has embraced the lost art of melody with a string of sublime recordings on the consistently excellent Origin label. With Love is an intimate melodic journey through standards where the melody is harmonically uplifted into an emotive quality exploring the conceptual notion of love wrapped in a blanket of lyrical warmth. At times a release that is deeply moving and it is the harmonic manipulation of melody that allows some of these time tested classics to take on a new life.
The usual suspects are all here and include "My Foolish Heart" along with "When I Fall In Love" and "It Might As Well Be Spring." A diamond in the rough on this release would be the Williams original "Paradise of Love" whose lyrical sense of direction fits hand in glove with the classics included on With Love. Very little needs to be said as With Love is a release that reviews itself. Solo piano is perhaps the most difficult if not dangerous musical format, Jessica Williams makes it seem easy!
Personnel: Jessica Williams: piano.