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TWO
Relative Pitch

CONNIE CROTHERS, piano
JEMEEL MOONDOC, alto saxophone


By Kurt Gottschalk

The pairing of pianist Connie Crothers and saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc holds many paths to possible intrigue. E ach of them is capable of East Village outré, ruminating improvisation and spontaneous swing. The one thing unlikely in their meeting is that it be uninteresting.

On TWO they mostly go for the softly introspective, gently following each other while luxuriating in the history of jazz. Six of the eight tracks are improvised and each player contributes a composition. Moondoc‟s “You Let Me Into Your Life” trades on a melody line that could sit aside a Cole Porter ballad without overextending itself. Crothers‟ “Deep Friendship” is a bit more jagged, allowing the pair to roam in peaks and valleys.

The other tracks are untitled, but those two titles are enough. The album is full of expressive playing and bluesy sentiment. It’s not an upbeat record, not often even mid tempo, but it’s a deeply felt one, and it stands as one of the better records in either of their catalogs.

The Squid's Ear
August 2, 2013




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