discography

“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 Brent Black

A stealth recording deserving of wide spread critical acclaim!
Straight up, Jessica Jones and Connie Crothers Live at the Freight is an absolute gem!

Why? Simple...Take iconic standards performed at an exemplary level such as Duke Ellington's "In A Sentimental Mood" then carefully intermingled some highly accessible yet spontaneously energetic free jazz and you have a live duo that is crossing musical planes and welcoming everyone along for the journey. The venue is the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley and if not only the traveling improvisational aficionados radar then it well should be...

Two refer to these two ladies of jazz as fearless is the classic undersell. Anyone can share a bandstand and make great music, sharing the stage with a friend takes the music to a special place of connectivity that is on most occasions lost. You have to do more than play the notes. You have to make the music. Jones and Crothers become the music and the end result is indeed a beautiful thing. Connie Crothers is an infamous "underground" pianist long since championed by such luminaries as Lennie Tristano and Max Roach. Jessica Jones is a tenor saxophonist with the grit and resolve to hold her own on any bandstand.

"All The Things You Are" is treated as an evocative exploration of the Kern/Hammerstein classic where each in turn provides the perfect counterpoint for the other. Were it not for a working knowledge of the catalog from which they pull the Jessica Jones composition "Family" might easily pass as perhaps as a lesser known tune pulled from the Great American Songbook. The free improvisation including "Clothespins In A Row" is but a taste of the harmonic vision these two individuals have come to embrace playing free jazz in various intimate venues with other ensembles. The duet concept of piano and saxophone can on occasion come off "rehearsed" and with that flash back to the recitals most of us either
attended or performed. Not here, Live at the Freight is spontaneous creativity at its finest.

Critical Jazz
2013 (5 Stars)

 


MORE REVIEWS OF
LIVE AT THE FREIGHT

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Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Music Review, 2013

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Brian Questa, The Free Jazz Collective
April 30, 2014

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Robert Iannapollo, Cadence
April / May / June 2014

> LIVE AT THE FREIGHT
Brent Black, Critical Jazz
2013

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Jordan Richardson
Something Else! Reviews, 2013

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Alex Henderson
Jazz Inside, October 2013

LIVE AT THE FREIGHT
Tom Greenland, The New York City Jazz Record
September 2013





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