New jazz at the legendary Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse
Connie Crothers – piano | Jessica Jones – tenor saxophone
Recorded live August 10, 2011 at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley, California. Sound Engineer: Pete Soper. Mastering: Liberty Ellman. Layout & Design: Cheryl Richards. Photography: Jessica Jones & Cheryl Richards.
Tracklist: 1. All the Things You Are (Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II) [7:30] 2. Improv 1: clothespins in a row [3:18] 3. In a Sentimental Mood (Duke Ellington) [12:54] 4. Improv 2: that’s what you get [5:09] 5. There Will Never Be Another You (Harry Warren/Mack Gordon) [8:01] 6. Improv 3: barnacle living [4:31] 7. Family (Jessica Jones) [10:50]
What a joy.
We have been friends
and musical associates
performing, recording and working
together in this cooperative record company
and we got our chance
to perform in a dream place
with beautiful acoustics
and a wonderful feeling,
in a town we both have lived in
As we played, the feeling of the audience
came through the music;
they were part of its creation.
What is the connection between
New York City and the West Coast?
A lifeline flung across an entire continent
betwenn two places that are so different
but for us
Connie & Jessica
A stealth recording
deserving of wide spread critical acclaim! Straight up, Jessica Jones and Connie Crothers Live at the Freight is an absolute gem! Why? Simple…Take iconic standards performed at an exemplary level such as Duke Ellington’s “In A Sentimental Mood” then carefully intermingled some highly accessible yet spontaneously energetic free jazz and you have a live duo that is crossing musical planes and welcoming everyone along for the journey. …Live at the Freight is spontaneous creativity at its finest. – Brent Black, Criticaljazz.com
It’s wild stuff
for opening the ears and mind. – Midwest Record
contains some sublime moments realized through offhand cadences and elastic interplay. Many of Crothers’ vignettes could stand alone, restless ruminations that maintain their coherence through oblique allusions to the song structure and a firm, if implied, pulse. Jones’ poignant ballad “Family” - one of those tunes you could swear you’ve heard before - closes this fine set of laid- back radicalism, what you might call “Left Coast” jazz. – Tom Greenland, NYC Jazz Record
CD version (incl. shipment cost world-wide)