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SPONTANEOUS SUITES was selected for inclusion in the ten best recordings of 2012 by Ken Weiss (Jazz Improv) Alain Drouot (Downbeat, WNUR-FM) and Pat Frisco (jazzcorner.com , July 16, 2012).

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CONNIE CROTHERS and DAVID ARNER
SPONTANEOUS SUITES FOR TWO PIANOS
4-CD box set. ROGUEART 0037. www.roguart.com


By Peter Aaron

David Arner's association, with pianist Connie Crothers, has proven incredibly fruitful. In May 2009 the pair recorded nearly four hours of music at Bard’s Fisher Center, which is newly out on French label RogueArt as the four-CD box set Spontaneous Suites for Two Pianos. As one might expect, it’s a lot to take in. A pristinely captured epic—or Homeric, perhaps, given Arner’s mythological interests—experience, the album boasts 11 extended, completely improvised pieces, most of which have been titled for their distinct segments (“Suite II: The Metropolis,” for example, comprises the bustling “City Rhapsody,” the tranquil “Night Through Dawn,” and the rising “In the Midst”). A document of two artists who share an uncanny telepathy, Spontaneous Suites is a modern landmark, the sound of two amazing-unto-themselves universes existing as their glittering constellations overlap. 

Chronogram
July 2012

 


MORE REVIEWS OF
SPONTANEOUS SUITES

CONNIE CROTHERS and DAVID ARNER
SPONTANEOUS SUITES FOR TWO PIANOS
Ken Weiss, Jazz Inside
April 2012

CONNIE CROTHERS and DAVID ARNER
SPONTANEOUS SUITES FOR TWO PIANOS
Grego Edwards, Gapplegate Music Review
April 2012

> CONNIE CROTHERS and DAVID ARNER
SPONTANEOUS SUITES FOR TWO PIANOS
Peter Aaron, Chronogram
July 2012

CONNIE CROTHERS and DAVID ARNER
SPONTANEOUS SUITES FOR TWO PIANOS
Brian Morton, Point of Departure
July 2012

CONNIE CROTHERS and DAVID ARNER
SPONTANEOUS SUITES FOR TWO PIANOS
Ken Waxman, thewholenote.com
November 2012

 




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