"Hearing Marilyn Crispell play solo piano is like
monitoring an active volcano. She is one of a very few pianists
who rise to the challenge of free jazz."
Jon Pareles, N.Y. Times
"Ms Crispell has created a rich personal expression
that is breathtaking in its originality and visceral energy."
Amy Duncan, Christian Science
"one of the most remarkable pianists in the jazz-and-beyond
Derk Richardson, Piano and Keyboard
"seeing and hearing Crispell play live is a stunning
experience.... a passionate motivation that approaches shamanistic
"labyrinthine structures held together by a deeply
"one of the most technically brilliant, imaginative
and impassioned contemporary musicians now expanding the
expressive potential of the piano."
Derk Richardson, The East Bay
"one of the great performer composers at work today.
Not only is the music fresh and alive, but its improvisational
components hold together more than the music of many composers
who write in a similar fashion."
"one of a handful of great contemporary improvising
Larry Kelp, The Tribune (Oakland,
"Her improvisational approach is so personal, so explosive
and so devastating that it makes jazz (and most other music)
sound like the archaic language of an ancient people. There's
also a gentle side that makes even simple melodies seem
Larry Kelp, San Francisco Express
"one of today's most creative players"
"an uncompromising artist who combines spiritual yearning
with impassioned attack to create music that transforms
the mundane into the ecstatic"
Dan Shimp, Crosswinds (Santa
"For two decades, Marilyn Crispell has been one of
the most highly regarded pianists at the sharp end of contemporary
John Fordham, The Guardian (London,
"one of the most creative forces on the jazz piano"
L.A. Kantner, The Times (Berkeley,
"an introspective improviser almost without parallel"
"one of the reigning keyboard players in new music"
Bob Blumenthal, The Boston Globe
"the heart of persevering in a world of increasingly
chilling effect on the human spirit"
Kevin Lynch, The Capital Times
Wisconsin State Journal
"one can't quite believe that she can play so perfectly
and still be human" Scott
Yanow, Downbeat Magazine
"Crispell is one of the greatest, most profound virtuosos
of our time."
Sakari Karttunen, Kaleva (Tampere,
About NOTHING EVER WAS, ANYWAY:
"This is one of the lovliest records of piano music ever released on ECM... succeeds at every level. It is a great concept, stunningly played and breathtakingly recorded." (Five stars)
John Corbett, Downbeat Magazine 1/1998
"AMARYLLIS is not easy music, but it is certainly not difficult either- it makes a demand on the listener, that he or she truly listen, open up and get involved- a landmark album, up there with Bill Evans's trio sessions from the late 50's." Mark Keresman, Waterfront Week 11/13/01
"the most profoundly beautiful album she has yet released."
"This is certainly one of the great piano trios of today."
Andy Hamilton , The Wire, London. England 4/2001
About NOTHING EVER WAS, ANYWAY and AMARYLLIS:
"Marilyn Crispell has made two of the most beautiful piano trio records in recent memory."
Adam Shatz , N.Y. Times 9/23/01
"a disc whose beauty and inventiveness are unparalleled"
Terrell Holmes , All About Jazz 4/2004
Sunday New York Times, 9/23/01
Arts and Leisure Section
Daily Hampshire Gazette, 2/26/04
Daily Freeman, 3/18/04
New York Times, 4/12/04
Arts Section Record Review
New York Times, 10/23/06
Arts Section Concert Review
All About Jazz, October 2006
New York Times 3/1/07
Arts Section Concert review
MUSIC AND THE CREATIVE SPIRIT (INNOVATORS IN JAZZ IMPROVISATION, AND THE AVANT GARDE) by Lloyd Peterson, Scarecrow Press,