Dory Hylton and Jesica Williams draw from the "book" of great jazz standards, to produce 68 minutes pure musical elegance. Clearly Hylton and Williams are carrying on a conversation, with Williams laying down a melody of her own, not just scattered chords to lead Hylton into her next vocal solo. The set exudes warmth from the start, and you can tell they're having fun.
"Elegance". . . fourteen examples of intimate and magical communication between singer Dory Hylton and pianist Jessica Williams. Two schooled musicians, interpreting, creating, communicating and making a very personal statement. (George Fendel, The Jazzscene (Portland, OR)) -- George Fendel, The Jazzscene (Portland, OR)
The pairing of torch singer Dory Hylton with Monkish piano stylist Jessica Williams was a stroke of luck that not even the Greek poets and all the harp-playing muses could have foreseen. Hylton and Williams combined to produce spontaneous combustion--the kind that explodes in jazz when two seasoned artists aren't afraid to take off their shoes and wade through uncharted waters. This album, unquestionably, is a triumph for the art of communication--a testimonial to the spirit of harmony that is lodged in the soul of only a few of us. -- Wayne Thompson, The Oregonian