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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 Bob Rusch

DEEP FRIENDSHIP [New Artists na 1058] finds pianist CONNIE CROTHERS and her quartet [Richard Tabnik-as, Roger Mancuso-dms, Ken Filiano-b] recorded live, but undated, at William Patterson College. Most of this group come out of what could be characterize as the school of Tristano and the music here one might well imagine as 21st century Tristano Jazz in that it plays with lines and changes that are both familiar and etherial, a sense that was charismatic of Lennie Tristano’s music. One may be put off by the lack of conventual openings and closings to the music but soon one is involved with the meat of this music. Ms. Crothers’ playing here is particularly percussive and adventuresome and Tabnik’s is aggressive and very much in step with the piano (he and Roger Mancuso have been playing with Crothers for decades) and a natural breathing takes place with the group. One senses this group could play with this kind of coordination at anytime. My only complaint is that audio-wise the sound is very crowded, more space would have allowed greater reference to the bass though as it is Filiano has some nice audible features. Connie Crothers is the standard bearer of Tristano-ism in the 21st century. A very strong offering.


Cadence
June 10, 2014





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