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Review from Gapple Gate Music Review
For Paula & Connie Paula Hackett, a jazz fanatic, a poetic lyricist, and pianist Connie Crothers, a New York City jazz experience on legs. It was their love of spontaneous creativity that pulled them together. Connie’s music came from Paula’s poems. It was a feeling born of contact. Planning was impossible. Destiny held the reins to the process.
When Spirit spoke and they listened, Connie internalized the music of Paula’s words and the magic was born. This CD is an artistic journey, a brutally honest journey, a wild ride through the beauty of word play, cascades of melodic metaphor, a waterfall of painful beauty and the joy that comes from surviving the ride and landing on your feet. This is a literary trip through madness and ecstasy, a trip through the majestic artistic imagery of a Billy Higgins smile that unapologetically melts into the fury of Art Pepper’s creative angst. Max Roach would have loved the rhythms and the brave lyricism of this avant-garde adventure. Courageous like the voice of Billie Holiday, this is a CD of poetry that sings and music that tastes of poetic words, words that sing to me, enchant me and call to you.
Avotcja (Avacha) 8/6/2012 | Radio Host KPFA-FM & KPOO-FM – www.avotcja.org
Review from Improvijazzation Nation Magazine
Connie Crothers & Paula Hackett – SHARING THE THRILL:
For this reviewer, nothing quite tips the scale towards enjoyment as great piano (Connie) together with spoken-word that adds new dimensions to the life of the music… As you listen to “Max Roach”, you’ll hear exactly why I’m diggin’ this one so much. Unfortunately, that’s the only sample I could find on the web – so, you’ll have to purchase the CD to hear the rest of the tunes. The pieces are usually only a couple minutes long, ergo, there are 34 gemlets for you to savor. I’ve reviewed a lot of Connie’s work, & can say (without qualification) that this is among the most enjoyable of them all. I give Connie & Paula a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, as well as an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of a perfect 5.00 – which means that this also gets the “PICK” of this issue for “best spoken-word jazz”. Rotcod Zzaj