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SWISH
New Artists Records

CONNIE CROTHERS, piano
MAX ROACH, drums


By Jon Andrews

★★★★

"Swish" reissues Crothers' 1982 duets with Max Roach, who is definitely not a student of the Tristano school of passive drumming. The relative freedom of the duet setting fits the tension and energy of Crothers' uninhibited playing much better. Roach is always fascinating in a duet, where he expands his role, occupying the open spaces in unexpected, always musical ways. Here, he focuses on different elements of the drum kit with each piece to give the largely improvised performances their distinctive character. The ways in which Roach reacts to and provokes Crothers are reminiscent of Roach's Historic Concerts (1979) duets with Cecil Taylor.

Downbeat
August 1994



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