Might seem strange that a white woman would distinguish herself as an interpreter of the music of Thelonious Monk. But Jessica Williams is the one.
During her 30-year recording career, Ms. Williams – a native of Baltimore – has explored the entirety of Monk’s canon, including such obscure pieces as “San Francisco Holiday” and “Raise Four.”
(Click here to hear her rendition of “We See.” This is from her 1994 live album with bassist Leroy Vinnegar.)
Jessica Williams has also composed tunes in the style of Monk. Let me present a FREE MP3 to illustrate the point.
Click here to check out “Monk Funk,” a Williams original, on my Vox blog. To download it, click the title below.
“Monk Funk” (MP3)
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