Jessica Williams: I Remember Bill
I Remember Bill
Jessica Williams (piano)
Live at Maybeck Recital Hall, Vol. 21 (Concord Jazz CCD-4425)
Jessica Williams (piano).
Recorded: Maybeck Recital Hall, Berkeley, CA, February 16, 1992
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
No other jazz pianist of the mid-20th century more profoundly influenced his instrument than Bill Evans. Although he died nine years before the Maybeck recitals began, Evans's presence is palpable throughout this moving 4½-minute tribute, which is so engrossing, you're startled when it ends. Jazz, normally the extroverted denizen of nightclubs and bustling cities, doesn't readily lend itself to Walden Pond's quiet introspection. Thankfully, Maybeck gave Jessica Williams an unexcelled setting for looking inward, and her audience raptly follows. Some listeners may dismiss this as New Age dinner music. Let them eat fast food. We'll take caviar by candlelight anytime.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz