In a perfect world, critics would always hear a band live, playing music from their new record, right before sitting down with the record to review it. For Outliers, the stars so aligned. Stephan Crump’s Rosetta Trio appeared in the Just Jazz series at Mr Musichead Gallery on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles on February 27, 2019. Work on this review began the next morning.
Live versions of tunes are often longer and looser than recorded ones. Not so much here. Crump (acoustic bass), Liberty Ellman (acoustic guitar), and Jamie Fox (electric guitar), on record or in person, sound disciplined. Concentration is required to create such intricate patterns of counterpoint.