Live at the Freight
Connie Crothers, piano
Jessica Jones, tenor saxophone
1. All the Things You Are (Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II)
2. Improv 1: clothespins in a row
3. In a Sentimental Mood (Duke Ellington)
4. Improv 2: that’s what you get
5. There Will Never Be Another You (Harry Warren/Mack Gordon)
6. Improv 3: barnacle living
7. Family (Jessica Jones)
Recorded live August 10, 2011, at Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley, California
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 intermingle 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
“Another You” 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