by Mary Foster Conklin
A new month begins with recent releases from the Cory Weeds Quartet and vocalist Naama Gheber, with birthday shoutouts to Duke Ellington and Judy Collins in the first hour, followed by pianists Blossom Dearie, Shirley Horn and Connie Crothers (pictured). Thanks for your continued support and please support the artists you hear on this broadcast and their music. Playlist Gabriel Mark Hasselbach I'm Gonna Go Fishin'" from MidCentury Modern Vol II (Windtunnel Records) 00:00 Billy Stritch I'm Gonna ...read more
by John Ephland
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 ...read more
by Martin Longley
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 ...read more
by Marc Medwin
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 ...read more
by Tom Greenland
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 ...read more
by AAJ Staff
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 ...read more
by Francis Lo Kee
This is a great example of truly free music, not the kind of posing, temper-tantrum stuff that is often enslaved by its ignorance of melody or harmony. Connie Crothers has forged a truly individual path in music, with next to no help from the marketplace. From track one, Bird's Word, you get the feeling that even though this is pretty standard instrumentation, the approach to the music is very original.
It would be a misleading oversimplification to say that this ...read more