MP3 Rick Crittenden - Passages
9 MP3 Songs
JAZZ: Jazz Fusion, JAZZ: World Fusion
Rick Crittenden/fretless bass, composer
Paul McCandless/oboe, soprano sax
Nancy King/vocal on Body and Soul
Produced by Glen Moore of the group, Oregon.
Rick Crittenden, Passages
NewYork- October 2001
Cadence Magazine by Frank Rubolino
Crittenden toured Europe with Oregon in 1988, and the event inspired the musically
kindred studio date two years later. Oregon members Paul McCandless and Glen Moore
join the bass player on selected cuts, and Ralph Towner did the closing arrangement, so the
link to the music is direct. Crittenden composed eight of the tunes in the spirit of Oregon,
and he designed the electric bass he uses on this date. It produces a softened tone to match
the gossamery Jazz-Folk-Classical style that became the calling card for Oregon.
Crittenden solos extensively and with great clarity. Three of the cuts are lovely duets - one
is with tabla player Roger Hadley, another a dual-bass seance with Moore, and the third in
deft support of vocalist Nancy King. In all configurations up to quintet, his permeating bass
tone is ever apparent.
Lande appears on seven of the nine cuts. His exquisite piano phrasing and delicate
underpinning give the recording its quiet strength. Lande is a highly lyrical artist who takes
off into intricate improvisational zones while interpreting the compositions of Crittenden.
McCandless is another potent force on the date. Whether on soprano or oboe, he instills
spiritualism with his spiraling smoke rings. The closing "bass/vocal" Body and Soul" with
introduction by Lande features King on a sensual rendition with a fully improvised melody
line having the potential to become another "Moody''s Mood for Love." Crittenden is a
composer of merit and a performer who breathes etherealness into his songs. If you
enjoyed the journeys of Oregon, you will certainly appreciate Crittenden''s synergistic
Imagine Jaco Meets Oregon,
August 31, 2001
Steve Silberman/Editor, Wired Magazine
This is a really delightful album, particularly for the presence of Art Lande, an
underappreciated and underrecorded genius who has never enjoyed the renown of other
pianists who made such classic ECM albums as "Red Lanta."
Lande and Oregon''s Paul McCandless together are a dream team -- I wish they''d form a
quartet. Rick Crittenden himself is a fine player, fluid and lyrical. The Jaco comparisons are
inevitable -- his tone is decidedly post-Pastorius, and he uses harmonics as a melodic
vehicle ways similar to Jaco''s heartbreaking "Portrait of Tracy." But Crittenden is his own
man, with a sweet compositional sense evident in "Swiss Bell," which is reminiscent of
some of Ralph Towner''s melodies circa "Roots in the Sky."
This album is superbly recorded. This record should be snatched up by Oregon fans and
those who are interested in what Lande''s up to these days.