"Made Up is a striking summation and reflection of Kate Williams' singular gifts. With trio, quartet and quintet albums behind her, she stretches to a seven-piece for her fourth album and the expanded palette of sounds is a thrilling vehicle for her evolving and unusual musical imagination. She deftly exploits the timbral possibilities of Gareth Lockrane's flute, Julian Siegel's bass clarinet, Ben Somers' tenor saxophone and Steve Fishwick's trumpet on a series of witty, eccentric charts, full of enchanting compositional twists and fertile arrangement ideas. The set ranges from the almost comically quirky Climbing Up Falling Down and the elegiac Untitled Peace Piece to the twisted samba For Eliane and the epic title track. The playing is first-class throughout with drummer Tristan Mailliot particularly in tune with every nuance of Williams' tumbling invention." Chris Ingham Mojo, September 2011 Jazz pianist/composer Kate Williams was born in London into a musical family (her father is the guitarist John Williams, her mother a classical pianist). A recipient of the John Dankworth Award For Talent Deserving Wider Recognition, she has gained a distinctive reputation as both a writer and performer. She has released four previous CDs, each one to critical acclaim. Her trio CD "Scenes And Dreams" (2005) was rated in the top ten jazz albums that year by Mojo magazine, and "The Embrace" (2008) displayed her rich and sonorous quintet writing, featuring Canadian tenorist Steve Kaldestad, and award-winning flautist Gareth Lockrane. During 2009/10, Kate toured the UK with various incarnations of her band, including quintet dates with Stan Sulzmann and Gareth Lockrane, and quartet dates with tenor legend Bobby Wellins (with whom a duo recording is planned), all with her rhythm section team of Jeremy Brown (bass) and Tristan Mailliot (drums). She was featured at the Pizza Express Steinway 2-Piano Festival in 2010 and 2011 (with Robin Aspland, and Nikki Iles respectively), with both concerts being broadcast on Radio 3's Jazz Line Up. She is a member of Chris Biscoe's "Mingus Moves", has recorded with vocalists Georgia Mancio (for whom she has also composed and arranged) and Juliet Kelly, as well as performing with many other leading UK artists including John Etheridge, Anita Wardell, Tim Whitehead and Tony Woods.
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