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Stephan Crump’s Rosetta Trio: Outliers (Papillon Sounds)

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 … Read More “Stephan Crump’s Rosetta Trio: Outliers (Papillon Sounds)”

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Borderlands Trio – Stephan Crump/Kris Davis/Eric McPherson: Asteroidea (Intakt)

Free improvisation requires musicians to make numerous quick decisions, such as knowing when to bring the music to a collective halt rather than letting it continue down a new path. Borderlands Trio—pianist Kris Davis, bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Eric McPherson—explores this idea from several angles on its first recording. In “Carnaval Hill” the trio … Read More “Borderlands Trio – Stephan Crump/Kris Davis/Eric McPherson: Asteroidea (Intakt)”

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Stephan Crump’s Rhombal: Rhombal

Whether he’s anchoring the Vijay Iyer Trio, keeping things at once action-packed and understated in the two-guitar/bass Rosetta Trio or testing the limits in duets with adventurous friends like Steve Lehman, bassist Stephan Crump can always generate attention. A few notes or a double-stop will resonate deeply, setting a mood and creating anticipation for what … Read More “Stephan Crump’s Rhombal: Rhombal”

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Stephan Crump & Mary Halvorson: Secret Keeper: Emerge

From the moment Stephan Crump and Mary Halvorson played together they felt a musical rapport. The set of improvisation on 2013’s Super 8 bore this out by including music the bassist and guitarist recorded during their initial encounter at Crump’s home studio. With Emerge they take the next logical step. Both brought compositions to the … Read More “Stephan Crump & Mary Halvorson: Secret Keeper: Emerge”

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