Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help

Jazz Articles | Blog

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Pauline Oliveros & Connie Crothers: Live At the Stone

Read "Live At the Stone" reviewed by

Connie Crothers passed away in August of 2016; an accomplished composer, improviser and pianist, she was not nearly as well-known as she should have been for someone whose talent attracted musical partnerships with Max Roach and Lennie Tristano. Despite playing everywhere from the downtown scene, to Carnegie Hall, to Europe's music halls, her refusal to run parallel to strict lines of free improvisation, avant-garde or mainstream, placed her in a no-man's land where others would later follow. Creative music was ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Connie Crothers: Concert In Paris

Read "Concert In Paris" reviewed by

Connie Crothers' piano sounds like nothing you've heard before. Sure, it's acoustic, she plays melodies, she can be inside or outside the music. One thing she isn't, though, is wishy-washy. One of her latest, Concert In Paris, is a solo effort. And for anyone who loves the intimacy of a solo-piano recital, this one more jazz than classical in nature; for anyone who digs the feeling of being played to and for in a cozy setting; for anyone who likes ...

LIVE FROM NEW YORK

Spiritualized, Connie Crothers, Allen Lowe & Vinny Golia

Read "Spiritualized, Connie Crothers, Allen Lowe & Vinny Golia" reviewed by

Spiritualized Secret Project Robot April 2, 2013 The English cosmo-psychedelic drugsludge-rock combo Spiritualized would usually be expected to play at one of NYC's larger venues, such as Terminal 5 or Webster Hall. Just prior to their U.S. West Coast dates, Spiritualized suddenly announced a micro-gig, leaking the news on the morning of the show after rehearsing locally in preparation for the tour. Secret Project Robot is a small d.i.y. joint in ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Vision Festival: Day 7 Finale, New York, NY, June 11, 2011

Read "Vision Festival: Day 7 Finale, New York, NY, June 11, 2011" reviewed by

Day 1 | Days 2-3 | Day 4 | Days 5-6 | Day 7 Vision FestivalAbrons Arts CenterNew York CityJune 11, 2011 Reut Regev R*Time Special Edition Trombonist Reut Regev's R*Time began the final night of the Vision Festival in exuberant style. Since relocating to New York from her native Israel in 1998, Regev has kept an inclusively wide contacts book, encompassing Latin, klezmer and rock, as ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Connie Crothers / Bill Payne: Conversations

Read "Conversations" reviewed by

Connie Crothers is one of the most versatile pianists on a scene that is so often mislabeled free jazz. Her pianism has been cultivated through long years of study and deep listening, evident in each tone, chord and gesture. Overwhelming intensity, at whatever volume, is juxtaposed with transparent beauty in a style that is as unique as it is unpredictable. Crothers has the perfect partner in clarinetist Bill Payne, with this disc of dialogues belying a long ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Vision Festival 2008: Day 4

Read "Vision Festival 2008: Day 4" reviewed by

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6

Steve Swell-Gebhard Ullmann Quartet; Bobby Few and Sonny Simmons; Henry Grimes with Sabir Mateen Quartet; Connie Crother; Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quintet

13th Annual Vision Festival Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center New York City Friday, June 13, 2008

For the second of the week's panel discussions on Friday afternoon at the Vision Festival, ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Connie Crothers Quartet: Music Is A Place

Read "Music Is A Place" reviewed by

With Music Is A Place pianist Connie Crothers has created an enduring work, a crystallization and clarification of her musical aesthetic. Featuring longtime colleagues Richard Tabnik (alto) and Roger Mancuso (drums) along with veteran bassist Ratzo Harris, the disc contains a set of originals that explore the interzone between pre- and free composition, a mix of straight-up swing rhythms, blues inflections, cool-school instrumental timbres and emotional reserve, along with a predilection for controlled chaos.

The accent here is on compatibility ...

MEGAPHONE

Connie Crothers: Ideas for a Jazz Renaissance

Read "Connie Crothers: Ideas for a Jazz Renaissance" reviewed by

By Connie CrothersThere is a strong potential right now for a jazz renaissance. There are many signs of it. When there is no commercial pressure on the outcome of a performance or recording, there is evidence among musicians of greater looseness, openness and willingness to take chances. Although some small venues don't pay (and this is a problem!), there are so many more of them; younger musicians can evolve through frequent performances. (One caveat--where are the pianos?) There ...


All About Vince Guaraldi!

An exclusive opportunity for All About Jazz readers to participate in the celebration of a jazz legend.