Guitarist Chris Crocco’s scorching lines and wide intervals on the Tristano-ish opener, “Avenge,” herald the arrival of a new guitar star on the scene. But the six string burner from Virginia reveals a soulful side on the mysterious, minor-key “Heaven,” as well as the moody ballad “Silvia,” which features some wonderfully lyrical tenor playing by George Garzone. Crocco wails on the free-boppish “What It Is” and bears down on the urgent “Metal,” an explosive improve duet with Francisco Mela. He concludes this impressive sophomore outing on an introspective note, duetting with bassist Peter Slavov on the gentle acoustic “My Peace.”
- Bill Milkowski, Jazztimes April 2011
Chris Crocco is as honest as anyone in the idiom of jazz. His guitar playing is not just solid in technique, it simply knocks you out! It is just plain beautiful music! This is a top quality recording, one that makes the listener push the instant replay button many times. Mesmerizing.
- Grady Harp, Amazon Music
This jazz guitar man loves that after hours, hipster vibe and here he throws a mixture of speeding it up and slowing it down at you with break neck alacrity, chops from all on board freely flowing in the breeze.
- Chris Spector, Midwest Record
What makes music fluid? Is it based on smooth transitions from section-to-section in each piece? The consistent flow of ideas from each individual artist involved in the music making process? The ability of a group to form a bond that allows them to travel along the same routes with simpatico sensibilities? The music of guitarist Chris Crocco's Fluid Trio measures up to any of these standards, and easily lives up to its name.
- Dan Bilawsky, Allaboutjazz
New York-based guitarist Chris Crocco displays flowing improvisational lines with horn-like character. Crocco's staggering technique is put on full display on the blistering "What it is," a blues of sorts that features a seemingly endless barrage of lightning-fast picking. A disc filled with solos that move from chromatic whirlwinds, to contemplative lyricism, Fluid Trio + showcases uncompromising artistry without sacrificing audience accessibility.
- John Vincent Barron, JazzReview
His sense of melody, texture, and dynamics is exceptional – as his ability as a guitarist. He can burn or he can slow it down and soulfully cry out the most plangent of tones. No wrong notes as they say and Crocco is here to prove it, whether comping behind Garzone on sax and filling it with the rhythm trio, or taking a no-nonsense, fasten your seat belt solo. Everyone plays they guitar they say, or tries to play the guitar. Few play it to its full potential like Crocco does. He’s quite the accomplished musician who, the listener can tell, is totally devoted to music and his instrument.
- Bob Gish, Jazz Inside
The sophomore album can be a blessing or a curse. For some, it might be a replication of a debut that pleases some fans but disappoints others. But for some creative types, such as guitarist Chris Crocco, there is no sophomore slump. Crocco’s follow-up to his first project as leader is an opportunity to change things up, widen the musical palette and broaden his personal compositional style.
- Doug Simpson, Audiophile
…the flow of pieces is impeccable and creates a story, regardless of intent. Crocco displays impressive talent, in both his playing and versatile compositional skills. Crocco has a wealth of technical ability, and great proficiency as a free-flowing improvisational performer. The Chris Crocco Fluid Trio + represents another major step forward in Crocco's musical growth.
- Karl Ackermann, Allaboutjazz
Regardless of the lineup or who takes lead at any given time, you are always aware (or should be) that Crocco’s laid back jazz vibe is in your presence with the kind of playing that puts you in a nightclub with the sexiest women around, waiting for you to make the initiative until they wrap their fishnet-clad legs around your head. Yes, this is that kind of jazz, and you’re welcome to smell its aroma. Whether you put this on with a red light in the room or as potential lullabies, this is jazz you never want to keep far away from you.
- John Books, Thisisbooksmusic
Chris Crocco manages to put forward a formidable contemporary post-bop guitar approach that does not sound like anyone else's in any obvious way. Everyone gets solo time and it is time well spent; It is Chris Crocco himself that is pivotal to this date however. The group chemistry is palpably present at all points, but Mr. Crocco's sophisticated, sharply biting yet fully linear guitarwork captures and captivates thoughout most of all. A fine effort . I hope there will be many more from them in the years ahead.
-Greg Edwards, GappleGateGuitar
Crocco is clearly a formidable guitarist, playing brilliantly throughout the CD, but the most impressive aspect of this debut is his writing. From gorgeous ballads ("Silvia" and "My Peace") to bluesy tunes ("When It Is When") and break-neck jaunts ("What It Is"), Crocco is a versatile and impressive composer.
- Ron Netsky, Rochester City Paper
“…. Many have called Crocco’s music organic in nature, something that takes on a life of its own, a living entity. It’s also something that can’t be duplicated.” – Gary Miller Photojournalist
Chris has been featured as a prominent musician on a number of highly acclaimed CDs and DVDs including George Garzone’s “One Two Three Four” with Dennis Irwin and the critically acclaimed DVD “George Garzone and The Triadic Chromatic Approach”. He has also been featured on Kenny Werner’s CD “Playin with the Greats”. His current group is called "The Fluid Trio". It includes a rotation of the best musicians playing in jazz today especially legendary saxophonist George Garzone, Francisco Mela on drums, and Peter Slavov on bass.
A Virginia Native.....Chris Crocco attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. He graduated Cum Laude in 1997 and has been at home in New York City ever since! As a leader he has performed at some of the most important jazz clubs in the city including Birdland, Blue Note, Smalls, FatCat, The 55 Bar, The Bar Next Door, Cornelia St. Café, and Miles Jazz Cafe. In addition he has performed with Kenny Werner, Mike Mainieri, Ari Hoenig, John Lockwood, George Garzone, Greg Tardy, Sam Yahel, Antonio Farao, Kenny Brooks, Frank Tiberi, Bob Gullotti, Francisco Mela, Ben Street, Peter Slavov, Pete Zimmer, Ross Pederson, John Sullivan, Rick Margitza, Essiet Essiet, Eivind Opsvik, Charles Blenzig, Sean Conley, Tony Moreno, Ian Froman, and the late great Dennis Irwin amongst oth