The Wire

News

Pianist Connie Crothers’ death commemorated by her duo album with Pauline Oliveros

Important Records bring forward the release of the duo’s one and only live recording

A live recording of Pauline Oliveros and Connie Crothers performing together in New York in August 2014 is now coming out in December. Its release date was brought forward, says John Brien of Important Records/Sonambient, because of “the untimely passing of pianist Connie Crothers”. Called Live At The Stone, the record documents the only time the duo played together before Crothers died of lung cancer earlier this year. A jazz pianist and student of Lennie Tristano, Crothers founded New Artist Records with Max Roach. The label released their duo album SWISH in 1982, followed by Crothers’ solo recordings as well as music by the likes of Michael Levy, Jessie Jones, Richard Tabnik and others.

“This recording resulted from my one and only performance with Connie Crothers at her invitation during her amazing residency at The Stone in August 2014,” says Oliveros. “I was honoured to play with Connie and did not realise that this would be a memorial recording. We have lost an extraordinarily original musician too soon.

“May this recording be a tribute to Connie Crothers,” she continues. “Her spirit will always be present in the wonderful community of musicians in New York and around the world and most certainly in my heart.”

You can watch Crothers and Oliveros performing together in the video below.

Live At The Stone will be released on 9 December via Important Records.