Pianist/composer Kate Williams leads an exciting quartet featuring the remarkable talents of Steve Kaldestad (tenor) Gareth Lockrane (flutes), Jeremy Brown (double bass), and Tristan Mailliot (drums). With this line-up, Kate displays the rich and varied textures of her writing to the full on a new CD 'The Embrace' released on 33 Records in March 2008. "Kate Williams is not only one of the subtlest pianists currently operating in the UK...but she is also, as the material on this fine quintet album demonstrates, a highly skilled composer of immediately appealing but absorbing themes". Chris Parker In addition to working with her own band, Kate has played with numerous names on the UK jazz scene, including John Etheridge, Bobby Wellins, Chris Biscoe, Matt Wates, Tim Whitehead, Tony Woods, Julian Siegel, Allison Neale, and Anita Wardell. She has released four Cds, and received the John Dankworth Award for Talent Deserving Wider Recognition. " A wonderful ever-changing variety of harmony and texture". The Observer " A superbly lucid and inventive pianist and composer". Humphrey Lyttleton "Pianist-composer Williams is quietly compiling a discography of genuine worth and consequence. This is her working quintet with Canadian tenor-saxophonist Steve Kaldestad, alongside Gareth Lockrane and his array of flutes. They're backed by the resourceful pairing of bassist Jeremy Brown and drummer Tristan Mailliot on a series of Williams originals (bar one standard). 'Elements of Five' cleverly tinkers with structure and ingeniously changes tempo and mood around Williams' lyrical piano. The whole album is infused with a kind of laid-back elegance, and the remarkable Lockrane is virtuosic with his alto flute on 'Moon and Sand' (in duo with Williams), while Kaldestad is happy to dig in with vigour on the perkier uptempo features." Peter Vacher, Jazz UK, April 2008. "On an instrument where many players are difficult to distinguish from each other, here is a genuine talent to watch." Chris Ingham, Mojo.
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