"This may not be what a rocker expects and it isn't what an avant free acolyte expects, either. It is a joyous surprise that you need to hear closely to fully appreciate. If you aren't afraid of mixed categories and seek synergies, this is one you will want to explore!"
- Grego Applegate Edwards, Gapplegate Guitar and Bass Blog, June 2015
"You'll hear why the title is so apt. Crothers' keyboard explores the kind(s) of rhythm(s) you might have heard 'round earliest man's campfires & Tristano's strings scream & soar as I imagine primal man did when gathered together."
"It is clear that they enjoy playing & exploring together, & their energy level for conveying this to the listener are at peak! Lots of improvisation, beautiful interplays & some different combinations."
"This gets our MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating"
- Rotcod Zajj, Improvijazzation Nation, February 2002
"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
"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."
- Frank Rubolino, One Final Note, Spring 2002
"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."
- Aaron Steinberg, Jazz Times, July 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, August 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."
- Bob Powers, The World's Magazine, September 2002
"Very experimental and interesting music."
-Gustavo Bolasini, El Retorno del Gigante, Argentina, September 2002
"A challenging, engaging work."
- Guitar Nine Records, October 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 ... itís 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
"Bud Tristano and Connie Crothers dispose of rhythm altogether, which at once unmoors music from dance and sets it adrift toward . . . what? The visual arts? I would say rather the vibratory arts which include the visual, the audial and the alchemical - that is, the vibratory creation of matter."
-Marv Friedenn, Author, June 2008