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Stephan Crump / Ingrid Laubrock / Cory Smythe: Planktonic Finales

Read "Planktonic Finales" reviewed by John Sharpe

Brooklyn-based German saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock initiated the grouping, pulling together two rising talents on the New York City scene, bassist Stephan Crump and pianist Cory Smythe. A first meeting quickly ascertained compatibility and lead swiftly to a recording date. Laubrock's tale, moving from London to become one of the key figures in her adopted hometown, is well known. Crump too is beginning to stretch out on his own having established himself as an integral part of pianist Vijay Iyer's Trio ...

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Stephan Crump: Stephan Crump's Rhombal

Read "Stephan Crump's Rhombal" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Often times, a jazz performance without a chordal instrument, a guitar or piano, is considered to be flying without a net. Exciting, but often without aim. It routinely relies on just one powerful figure to command the proceedings. That is, unless the ensemble is configured under egalitarian principles. Equal contribution and respect for the differing voices removes that fear of flying without the safety of a chordal net. If I can paraphrase Abraham Lincoln for you now, “a jazz quartet ...

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Stephan Crump: Stephan Crump's Rhombal

Read "Stephan Crump's Rhombal" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

During the advent of bop and the hot n' heavy mainstream swing years, a session with a stellar lineup of critically acclaimed musicians would often be referred to as the [insert magazine name] Critics' Poll All-Stars or something like John Doe and his Jazz All-Stars. However, venerable bassist Stephan Crump underscores the premise of this album as a “commemoration" that is not about sadness but the “spiritual revolution I witnessed in my brother during our last days together." But the ...

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Stephan Crump: Giving Life to the Music

Read "Stephan Crump: Giving Life to the Music" reviewed by Tyler Henderson

Stephan Crump is a bassist with many talents, his skills ranging from funk and rock to straight ahead jazz and folk. The Grammy-nominated artist cut his teeth on the jny: New York City jazz scene, working there since the 1990s. He's been a collaborator and a bandleader, working with the likes of Vijay Iyer, Ashford Simpson, Billy Hart, Johnny Copeland and more. He makes music with his wife, vocalist Jen Chapin, and works with his own Rosetta Trio. Their most ...

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Stephan Crump's Rosetta Trio: Thwirl

Read "Thwirl" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Some groups just have chemistry, no matter what their instrumentation or musical background. Something about them just works. Stephan Crump's Rosetta Trio is one such group. Comprised of two guitarists-one electric and one acoustic-plus Crump's own resonant acoustic bass, the Rosetta Trio straddles the worlds of jazz, avant garde, and modern folk music with consummate ease and some seriously deep virtuosity. Crump is an admirably diverse musician who maintains working relationships with folk singer Jen Chapin (whom he's married to), ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Stephan Crump's Rosetta Trio at Constellation

Read "Stephan Crump's Rosetta Trio at Constellation" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Stephan Crump's Rosetta Trio Constellation Chicago IL May 3rd 2014 For a little over a year drummer Mike Reed's Constellation has served as a refuge for fans of adventurous music who were left “orphaned" after the death of jny: Chicago Jazz doyen, saxophonist Fred Anderson and the demise of his original Velvet Lounge. The new venue, with its perfect, resonant acoustics, has hosted a wide variety of explorative musicians from various genres. It was here; ...

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Secret Keeper (Stephan Crump & Mary Halvorson): Super 8

Read "Super 8" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Bassist Stephan Crump and guitarist Mary Halvorson kindled the fire in 2011 during their initial encounter, leading to these sessions recorded in Brooklyn, N.Y. Of course, the respective artists are highly revered within modern jazz schemas and the outside realm, spanning a global presence as first-call session artists, paralleling their solo ventures. Hence, the duo crafts an organic-electric presence. Halvorson's unorthodox and rather beguiling technique sets her apart from many contemporaries. Her liquefying phraseology tenders a weirdly contagious musicality coupled ...

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Stephan Crump: Reclamation

Read "Reclamation" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

The 2006 debut of Stephan Crump's Rosetta (Papillon Sounds) was unusual in a number of ways, not least that it didn't seem to be trying to be unusual. The trio of upright bass, acoustic guitar and electric guitar played tightly woven, structured music, even without a drummer, and managed to find new ground in the shrinking territory between hackneyed and outlandish. They played, quite simply, good, challenging and, although the term must be forgiven, smooth jazz. Bassist ...

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Stephan Crump: Reclamation

Read "Reclamation" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

The dialog that began in 2005's Rosetta (Papillon Sounds) continues in Reclamation, as bassist Stephan Crump's Rosetta Trio--including guitarists Liberty Ellman and Jamie Fox--articulates a wealth of ideas. With music that is not easily categorized, the trio's influences are pandemic as Crump states “every bit of music and life that each member of the trio has and ever loved comes through in what we play." This sentiment is the essence of Reclamation. These sketches of life are ...

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Stephan Crump: Reclamation

Read "Reclamation" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Vignettes in music are not all that uncommon--or unusual, for that matter. But when they are only partially written--or mostly suggested--by the composer, to be largely interpreted and improvised with singular flights of the imagination then they are not simply uncommon, but beautifully unique. Moreover, if the performers form a string trio where a myriad of perspectives collide, swinging madly as they careen in and out of a moving timeline, then they become more alluring. And finally, if the music ...

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Stephan Crump: Rosetta

Read "Rosetta" reviewed by Donald Elfman

Here is a string ensemble for the new century! Bassist Stephan Crump is known for his association with pianist Vijay Iyer; he has taken some of the personal and novel qualities of that collaboration and somehow found a striking new way to express powerful feelings about what it is to create music--and, further, what it is to be alive in these times. The original fragments out of which these more full and deep creations were formed emerged in the period ...

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Stephan Crump: Rosetta

Read "Rosetta" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Rosetta represents a meeting of three friends playing compositions by bassist/leader Stephan Crump in a living room-type setting. The trio consists of Crump, acoustic guitarist Liberty Ellman and electric guitarist Jamie Fox. Crump reports that the actual recording session was really no different from many such musical meetings of this trio, albeit more focused and a bit more formal in terms of working with a specific itinerary of tunes.

Crump leads a rather eclectic musical life. He is ...