Jessica Williams

Freedom Trane

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MUSIC REVIEW BY George Fendel, Jazz Society of Oregon

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On her first trio recording in some years, Williams offers both original compositions in the spirit of John Coltrane and a selection of Trane's work as well. As she writes in liner notes: "John Coltrane has been my light through the darkness. When there are questions, I'll ask 'what would Philly Joe Jones or Dexter Gordon do'; but when things get really weird, I can ask the 'Trane." A treat for Portland jazz fans is the presence of Dave Captein on bass and Mel Brown on drums, marking the fourth time she has recorded with the two . Her insistence on precision and perfection always falls wonderfully in step with her dramatic but never tawdry presentation. And don't forget, she swings! I was particularly moved by two originals, both played with deep feeling for her jazz hero. "Just Words" and "Prayer and Meditation" are riveting and expressive . Among Coltrane's contributions, any Trane fan worth his collection will know "Lonnie's Lament," "Naima," and a tune he co-wrote with Sonny Rollins, "Paul's Pal." The final selection, a rare Trane tune called "Welcome," is played solo, and is the essence of simple beauty. Williams remains a powerful force for all that is good, rich and "right" in the art of jazz.








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