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Best of 2014, Downbeat Magazine ★★★★ 

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Deep Friendship
New Artists Records

 

CONNIE CROTHERS, piano
RICHARD TABNIK, alto saxophone
ROGER MANCUSO, drums
KEN FILIANO, bass


By John Sharpe

A distinctive alto saxophonist joins Crothers on Deep Friendship, Richard Tabnik, part of her longstanding quartet, completed by bassist Ken Filiano and drummer Roger Mancuso. Tabnik studied with Lee Konitz, as well as Crothers, though that’s hardly the first name that springs to mind when regarding his sinuous stylings, angular attack and the vocalized quality in his upper register, heard to good effect on his own “Fortuity”. The quartet, captured live in 2010, betrays their years of familiarity through telepathic ensemble work and sparkling interaction. “Ontology”, a twisting line with boppish antecedents, comprises 13 minutes of joyful interplay and illustrates the astounding connection between the foursome. Crothers orchestrates and encourages from behind her keyboard by means of gloriously offkilter comping, probing counter-melodies and bracing arhythmic bursts while Tabnik rides the bucking rhythm section with aplomb. Filiano adds another dimension with his surefooted accompaniment and fine soloing, whether pizzicato or with bow in hand, while Mancuso, the least showy member of the quartet, keeps time with a light touch. His pulsing solo on the breezy “Roy’s Joy” is pitched against an unruly chorus of edgy piano figures and alto shout-outs, showing how it’s almost impossible for these guys not to get involved in the fun.


The New York City Jazz Record
April 2014





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