discography


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 Brian Morton

 "The first of the collection’s nine suites is “Avian Homage,” which seems to involve some unplanned concentration on Dolphyish intervals, but also perhaps reflects some listening to Messiaen. “A Musician’s Story” doesn’t have any obvious narrative logic. It’s flowing, circumstantial music, not so much call-and-response as parallel journeying...“The Metropolis” suggests a more obviously pictorial approach...What emerges...is a sequence whose logic is musical rather than programmatic, and so all the more evocative for that. Like the city, the visual ‘scape is coded in so many different ways that each return to the music yields a different aural itinerary. The two players get comfortable with each other’s biorhythms and sense of space. It’s exuberant...


“Arcana,” “Apparitions” and “Three Worlds” complete the cycle of nine suites, and by this stage it’s hard to get used to the idea that this is all spontaneously made rather than organized and in some measure pre-set. What has happened is that the two musicians have constructed a vivid, one-use-only musical language, a singleton rhetoric for duo playing that is entirely self-sustaining. Such a thing ought to be, if not forbidding, then at least exclusive, but there is real and deep pleasure in hearing two musicians of this caliber talking through the arcanae and technical matter of their craft.  Revelatory music."

 

Point of Departure
www.pointofdeparture.org

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

>ONNIE 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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