Jessica Williams

Jazz in the Afternoon

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AllMusic Review by John Bush

Recorded at a special afternoon series sponsored by Chemekata College in Oregon, Jazz in the Afternoon is a trio date, with Williams joined by Dave Captein on bass and Mel Brown on drums. The recording is surprisingly dense however, with Williams spraying notes all over on her solo for the Monk tune "Green Chimneys" which opens the set. Captein and Brown both sound enthused by the sprightly playing and keep up the pace admirably. Williams changes directions often, moving with a smooth grace from the stately "Light Blue" (another Monk piece) to a barreling "Straight, No Chaser" (ditto, obviously) to Gershwin's playful "Swanee." Her playing never falters throughout the 70-minute recording. Though Williams recorded several excellent live albums, Jazz in the Afternoon is another great addition to her discography.

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