The two musical poles for Jessica Williams have been the quirkiness, independence, and spunk of Thelonious Monk and the spiritual drive of John Coltrane. She has recorded homages to both before, and in this new album, as a trio, she once again allows Coltrane to guide her path. Three of the eight tracks are her own compositions, which regard Coltrane as seeker of the cosmic mystery and musical commentator of the Civil Rights Movement. Freedom Trane (great pun) has some of the flavor of The Quartet, particularly McCoy Tyner's dense piano style. For comparisons, Coltrane's Lonnie's Lament was already presented in her 2009 solo album, The Art of the Piano, which was longer and more developed than this 2007 recording. Paul's Pal is a new intrepretation from her different trio session, Live at Yoshi's, Volume Two, and Naima was examined in her much earlier recording, Jessica Williams Plays for Lovers. She has performed with Dave Captein, bass, and Mel Brown, drums, before [e.g., Some Ballads, Some Blues]; they provide the proper balance and rhythmic support for these tunes. They stretch out in Williams' "Just Words", among the better tracks, and who does not like Naima? Here, the trio make it shimmer with tremolo, William's trademark arpeggio phrasing, and cymbal work. It is simply lovely and majestic. The album closes with Coltrane's compassionate and peaceful Welcome, bringing the flickering light into full radiance. Sometimes I prefer Jessica Williams' solo sojourns; other times, as in this portrait of Coltrane, the trio is more appropriate. This is very fine, satisfying album.