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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 Tom Greenland

Live at the Freight captures a relaxed duo concert by tenor saxophonist Jessica Jones and pianist Connie Crothers, performed at Berkeley, California’s Freight and Salvage Coffee House. Both originally from the Bay Area - Jones is a product of Berkeley’s fertile multi- kulti jazz scene while Crothers majored in music at the university - the two women were far from a New-York- State-of-mind this evening, opting for a more laid-back take on three standards, three free improvs and a compelling original.

On “All the Things You Are”, “In a Sentimental Mood” and “There Will Never Be Another You” the duo hews close to the underlying song-forms, Jones usually laying out stoic but subtly unorthodox melody statements while Crothers is more extroverted and expansive in her accompanying prods, responses and side-trackings, often branching out into rhapsodic soliloquies. Many of Crothers’ vignettes could stand alone, restless ruminations that maintain their coherence through oblique allusions to the song structure and a firm, if implied, pulse. Jones often seems to be hovering in the shadows, a patient observer, as if she’s playing not the first but the second musical thought that comes to mind. “Another You” contains some sublime moments realized through offhand cadences and elastic interplay.

Interspersed between the standards are completely spontaneous pieces, the first a tentative reconnoitering, the second achieving a mellow tunefulness suspended in time, the third building in tiered climaxes. Jones’ poignant ballad “Family” - one of those tunes you could swear you’ve heard before - closes this fine set of laid- back radicalism, what you might call “Left Coast” jazz.

The New York City Jazz Record
September 2013


 


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