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Connie Crothers

CONNIE CROTHERS is known for her uncompromising spontaneous improvisation, originality, virtuosity and a wide range of expression. She has just released “Session at 475 Kent,” a duo with bassist Michael Bisio, on the Mutable label. Her CD—”Conversations”—a duet recording with clarinetist Bill Payne, released in 1988 on New Artists—was chosen by Art Lange and Bill Shoemaker for their best of the year lists. She leads a quartet, with alto saxophonist Richard Tabnik, drummer Roger Mancuso and bassist Ken Filiano.In January 2007, her quartet released a CD, “Music is a Place,” New Artists, with Ratzo Harris on bass. It was chosen by Stuart Broomer and Bill Shoemaker for their lists of the top ten recordings of the year; it received an honorable mention for best CDs of the year in All About Jazz/New York

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Pearring Sound: Nothing But Time

Read "Nothing But Time" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

A protégé—and collaborator—of the late, great pianist Connie Crothers, Colorado native, and Brooklyn resident Jeff Pearring has a wide-ranging background encompassing genre from reggae to classical, to jazz. Beyond a physical resume, it is his relationship with Crothers where Pearring reveals himself to be a voracious student of musical history with an equally insatiable appetite to ...

Meet Jacob Cartwright

Read "Meet Jacob Cartwright" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Our August Super Fan is a visual artist with a special affinity for improvisational music, which has spilled over into his jazz-themed painting series. In jazz, as in art, Jacob Cartwright values the past while embracing the forward momentum of the new. Plus he's really “down with the jazz cats"--read on to see what we mean! ...

Meet Mark Weber

Read "Meet Mark Weber" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Almost every aspect of Mark Weber's life ends up intersecting with jazz; he just might be the original Renaissance jazz fan. A former wedding photographer, he found himself photographing nearly every jazz musician to pass through Los Angeles and Albuquerque in the past several decades and, without planning to, ended up writing for CODA, deejaying a ...

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Jeff Cosgrove / Scott Robinson / Ken Filiano: Hunters & Scavengers

Read "Hunters & Scavengers" reviewed by Mark Corroto

In the 1980s, artist Jenny Holzer created short, pithy statements projected by LED lights in museums and onto Times Square. Her now famous “Abuse of Power Comes As No Surprise" text sums up not only the #MeToo movement and the #BlackLivesMatter cry, but also to some extent, the music industry. The vertical construction of many jazz ...

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Paula Shocron: Paths to a New Sound

Read "Paula Shocron: Paths to a New Sound" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

When Werner X. Uehlinger, the founder of Hat Hut Records, was asked about a statement on why he liked Argentinian pianist Paula Shocron's music, the answer was clear, short and succinct: “The quality of surprise." Uehlinger discovered Shocron's music through her work with the SLD Trio and he liked their debut Anfitrión so much that the ...

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Pearring Sound: True Story

Read "True Story" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Colorado native Jeff Pearring began studying the alto saxophone at the age of ten but pursued a career in economics before turning back to music. With a broad range of experiences that encompassed symphonic bands, ska and reggae, it was Pearring's affinity for jazz that guided him upon arriving in New York. Pearring studied with Connie ...

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SLD Trio: Tensegridad

Read "Tensegridad" reviewed by John Sharpe

Out of Argentina comes splendid entry into the piano-trio stakes. The three young protagonists, pianist Paula Shocron, bassist Germán Lamonega and drummer Pablo Diaz loom large on the Buenos Aires' creative music scene and have already made connections in NYC, resulting in Emptying The Self (NendoDango Records, 2017) where William Parker takes over the bass chair. ...

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To Be Continued (Carol Liebowitz, Claire de Brunner, Daniel Carter, and Kevin Norton): Poetry from the Future

Read "Poetry from the Future" reviewed by Roger Farbey

This leaderless improvising quartet utilises some unusual instruments on their recording. Bassoon is rarely heard outside of classical music and Claire de Brunner is an excellent exponent of the instrument. She studied jazz improvisation with Lee Konitz. She also studied with pianist Connie Crothers as did Carol Liebowitz, whose restrained yet vital contributions are nearly as ...

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Carol Liebowitz / Nick Lyons: First Set

Read "First Set" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The improvising legacy of Lennie Tristano continues to this day. It went through his student, the late Connie Crothers and it continues in this live set by two musicians she influenced, pianist Carol Liebowitz and saxophonist Nick Lyons recorded at Crothers' loft in 2012. This duo does, in the old Tristano fashion, improvising rooted ...


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