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Stephan Crump / Kris Davis / Eric McPherson: Asteroidea

Read "Asteroidea" reviewed by Troy Dostert

When one hears the slightly ominous bass-register ostinato from Kris Davis's piano at the outset of the Borderlands Trio's debut album, Asteroidea, a spirit of mystery and intrigue quickly emerges. Its repetitive effect is hypnotic, and it creates the kind of mood you'd expect in classic film noir, where the unexpected is lurking right around the corner. A willingness to venture into the unknown is at the heart of the music, and bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Eric McPherson play ...

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Borderlands Trio: Asteroidea

Read "Asteroidea" reviewed by Mark Corroto

I'll venture a guess that the listing of the names on Borderlands Trio's cover is arranged in alphabetic order, Crump, Davis, then McPherson. That is because nothing in the performance reveals a leader, nor a dominant signature. For adventurous listeners, isn't that exactly what we want from our improvisors? Let's stick with just Borderlands Trio. Asteroidea is a collective effort with each of the musicians credited for all of the music, and all of the music is improvised. ...


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