Stephan Crump: Tuckahoe
You can hear Crump’s unique musical persona in the contrapuntal mysteries of the opening track, "Dega," the free Latin feeling of "Deluge" (shades of Ornette with Dewey Redman), the slow soul-shuffle of "Hazy Days." You can hear the band’s fine-tuned chemistry in the music’s subtlest moments, such as Cheek’s harmonizing entrance toward the end of "Here’s a Goodbye," or Zenon’s key-waving effect on the concluding melody of "Stolid," or Rieser’s exquisitely sensitive drumming under Crump’s solo on "Allende." The compositional variety, for that matter, never ceases to expand. Cheek’s soprano sax colors the beautiful "Eweslepe," while Fox’s versatility is on full display during the rock-influenced title track, the hybridized country of "The Clowns Go Marching On," and the quiet jazz waltz (and closing trio feature) "Dance of the Infidels."
Crump is equally at home crafting dark dissonance, tender melodies, or driving tempos. With Tuckahoe, he issues the next chapter in his musical journey, giving us a well-wrought portrait of his talents as a composer and bandleader.
Track Listing: 1. Dega 2. Allende 3. Hazy Days 4. Here
Personnel: Chris Cheek, tenor and soprano sax; Miguel Zenon, alto sax; Jamie Fox, guitar; Stephan Crump, double bass; Dan Rieser, drums