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BAND OF FIRE

LIVE AT THE STONE WITH ROY CAMPBELL

by Stuart Broomer

The brilliance of (group) creation carries over to the collectivist dynamic of BAND OF FIRE, a 2010 quintet performance from the Stone with Tabnik on alto, Roy Campbell on trumpet, Ken Filiano on bass, and Roger Mancuso on drums. Crothers, Tabnik and Mancuso appeared together on 2007’s brilliant MUSIC IS A PLACE, perhaps Crothers’ masterpiece and a CD that demonstrated her special ability as a band pianist in free improvisation, a talent that’s further demonstrated here. She has the rare capacity to respond to, assemble and extend everything that’s going on in the band, composing and orchestrating on the fly in a way that can recall the swarming co-ordination of Cecil Taylor in his bands of the 1960s and ‘70s, however different Crothers’ approach and materials. The result is both an orchestral richness and a sense of continuing collective engagement. Crothers’ “Ontology” opens the set, a boppish theme that might have been composed in the 1950s but which soon shifts dynamics with Campbell’s splintered trumpet sounds. The group dialogue is hottest on “Cosmic Fire” with Crothers showing just how far she can go on the rhythmic data generated by Filiano and Mancuso, while the final “Song for Henry and Margaret” is taken at a dirge tempo, inspiring unusual sound-focused inquiries from Tabnik and Filiano and vivid splatters of keyboard color from Crothers. It’s an exciting band, one that creates wholly in the moment of the music.

Point of Departure
August 2011

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MORE REVIEWS OF BAND OF FIRE

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LIVE AT THE STONE WITH ROY CAMPBELL
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October 19, 2011


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LIVE AT THE STONE WITH ROY CAMPBELL
Stuart Broomer, Point of Departure
August 2011

Band of Fire
LIVE AT THE STONE WITH ROY CAMPBELL
Duck Baker, New York City Jazz Record
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