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Perception

Connie Crothers

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Album Review

Connie Crothers' debut as a leader finds her playing four fairly free piano solos and performing six tunes in a trio with bassist Joe Solomon and drummer Roger Mancuso. It is ironic that Lennie Tristano is quoted in the liner notes as calling Crothers the most original musician he has worked with for at this early point; Crothers sounded like a close relative of Tristano's. She does show some of her own musical personality in spots, and the music (eight of her originals, plus "My Old Flame" and "All the Things You Are") holds one's interest.

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Amazing music

The iTunes reviewer (see above) is way off the mark: Connie Crothers is an amazingly original pianist, incredibly dramatic, precise and intense - if anything, she reminds one a bit of the early Cecil Taylor (listen to his solos on "Jazz Advance") rather than Tristano (who influenced Taylor as well, of course). Her work, and the equally great playing of Sal Mosca, shows just how diverse and rich the pianistic side of the "Tristano school" was/is.

Biography

Born: June 2, 1941 in Palo Alto, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

Connie Crothers is a member of that unfortunately not-so-exclusive club of first-rate jazz improvisers who (for reasons unfair) have been relegated to the fringes of the jazz public's consciousness. Why she's not more well-known and/or critically acclaimed has nothing to do with any lack of skill or originality, for Crothers has both to spare. Perhaps the determining non-musical factor in her neglect is the fact that she's an unrepentant disciple of that most neglected of jazz geniuses, the late...
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