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“Live at the Freight” was named one of the 10 best recordings of 2014 by Ken Weiss (Cadence, Jazz Inside) and Duck Baker (The Absolute Sound, New York Jazz Record)

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Live at the Freight
New Artists Records (2013)

CONNIE CROTHERS, piano
JESSICA JONES, tenor sax

By Robert Iannapollo

Looking at her discography, one would assume that pianist connie Crothers finds the duet format a fruitful form of expression. Nearly half of her 26 recordings have been in the format. Prior duets have been with Max Roach (“Swish,” one of the unheralded recordings of the 1980s), Kevin Norton, Ken Filiano and fellow pianist David Arner. Her most recent release, Live at the Freight, is a set of duets with tenor saxophonist Jessica Jones.

! Crothers was a student of Lennie Tristano and has developed into an individual stylist (sure one of Tristano’s dictums) of great breadth and range. She can be a free improviser as well as an individual interpreter of standards and the song form. Tenor saxophonist Jones, although not as well known, has been releasing recordings since the mid 1990s. She leads her own quartet, has recorded several albums under her own name and also recorded with Joseph Jarman, Don Cherry and Mark Taylor.

! Crothers and Jones seem a perfect match. Live at The Freight is a set of standards and one tune by Jones (“Family”), separated by improvisations. Jones’ tenor has a rich, singing tone with an added bite and attack when the music gets heated, which is much of the time on this disc. These two dive into “All the Things You Are” from the git-go, playfully dissecting it and reassembling it in a variety of ways. Crothers’ highly sophisticated harmonic palette is evident throughout and she provides Jones with a wide number of options. Jones’ flights take unexpected turns and twists on well-worn material and the two give this music new life. The set concludes with a warm Jones original, “Family,” which winds things down nicely.
! Live at the Freight is a strong set of duets that show two of today’s finest players at the peak of their powers.

Cadence

April/May/June 2014


 


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