|"The commingling of basic cries of life with tempered softness is befitting the recording's title Primal Elegance. Raw energy and compassion appear to coexist simultaneously and harmoniously."
"Tristano becomes an expressive conductor of charged ions while using his articulate fingering to construct significant moments in time. Crothers responds to these varied stimuli with deep, emotional abstractions -- with explosively deep and ponderous retorts to the energized volts of current sparking from Tristano's guitar."
One Final Note, Spring 2002
"Connie Crothers and Bud Tristano make a dynamic duo that should cause some serious rumbles of joy and awe within the music world. Expect great things from this pairing."
The World's Magazine
"Bud Tristano treats this encounter like one long, segmented guitar solo, definitely putting the primal in primal elegance."
"Crothers' gentle ostinatos, rippling arpeggios and odd harmonies find
different ways to shade the music almost every time."
Jazz Times, July 2002, Aaron Steinberg
"Their encounter on "Primal Elegance" produces music of a singular fascination. It is not jazz-rock in the common sense of the term. It escapes every category. Nevertheless, it all works to telepathic perfection."
Vittorio Lo Conte
All About Jazz/Italy, April 2002
"I just have one word for your music. Excellent!!! It is just Art!!! There is a very special feeling in the interaction piano-guitar. It is incredible."
Roberto Lupercio, Radio Universidad 104.1, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California
"Very experimental and interesting music."
-Gustavo Bolasini, El Retorno del Gigante, Argentina, September 2002
"It's a pure piece of art ... even if it's a little different in comparison
with what is called a guitar oriented album! Man ... it’s a higher form of art ... an enchantment for mind, spirit and soul!!! Congratulations! I'll play it with pride ... "
- Ovidiu Dumitrescu, For the Love of Guitar, Romania, May 2003
"A challenging, engaging work."
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