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Memphis-bred, Grammy-nominated bassist/composer Stephan Crump has lived in Brooklyn since 1994. An active bandleader and composer, he has released ten critically-acclaimed albums in addition to numerous film scoring contributions. As bassist, known for transforming his instrument into a speaking entity of magnetic pull, his focus on creative instrumental music has led to collaborations with many of the leading lights of his generation. Shunning barriers of genre, Crump has performed and recorded with a diverse range of musicians, from Portishead's Dave McDonald, The Violent Femmes' Gordon Gano, to Patti Austin, Jim Campilongo, Jorma Kaukonen, Lucy Kaplansky, Big Ass Truck, Sonny Fortune, and late blues legend Johnny Clyde Copeland

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Vijay Iyer: Uneasy

Read "Uneasy" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


If we are watching it all unfold in real time, why not listen in the same way? So, like most things these dire days, Vijay Iyer, Linda May Han Oh and Tyshawn Sorey start Uneasy on a slow burn that engulfs the listener into another realm beyond isolation, beyond our societies of one. As ...

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InWhatStrumentals

Label: Pi Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Color of My Circumference I; The Density of the 19th Century; Terminal City; Rentals; Security; DeGaulle; TLC; Three Lotto Stories; The Color of My Circumference II; Iraqi Businessman; Taking Back the Airplane; The Color of My Circumference III; In What Language; Asylum; The Color of My Circumference IV; Plastic Bag.

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Last Desert

Label: Pi Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Sip; Last Desert I; Last Desert II; Rubber Flowers; Portals; Doppler; Liquid.

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Liberty Ellman: Last Desert

Read "Last Desert" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Guitarist Liberty Ellman has been doing valuable work in recent years as a sideman for musicians such as Henry Threadgill, Stephan Crump and Myra Melford. Once in a while he also puts out his own music as a leader. Inspired by a marathon race that takes place in Antarctica, the music on this disc ...

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Vijay Iyer & Mike Ladd: InWhatStrumentals

Read "InWhatStrumentals" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


In 2003 Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd released In What Language?, a hybrid jazz/hip hop response to post-9/11 American paranoia. Inspired by many related injustices, the inflection point was the extended detention, handcuffing and humiliation of a prominent Iranian filmmaker passing through JFK International Airport. Seventeen years later America was mired in multiple unprecedented crises, giving ...

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Liberty Ellman: Last Desert

Read "Last Desert" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Guitarist Liberty Ellman doesn't release many albums as a leader. Last Desert is only his fifth in more than twenty years, and fourth for Pi Recordings, following 2015's Radiate. But that doesn't mean he isn't a busy artist. He can be heard with JD Allen, Jason Robinson, Myra Melford's Snowy Egret, Stephan Crump's Rosetta Trio and, ...

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Outliers

Label: Papillon Sounds
Released: 2019
Track listing: In Waves; Re Eyes; Middle March; Outliers; Synapse; Dec 5; Cryoseism; A Way From, A Way To; Esquima Dream.

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New Music from William Parker and Whit Dickey

Read "New Music from William Parker and Whit Dickey" reviewed by Bob Osborne


Great music from the Aum Fidelity label with new albums from William Parker and Whit Dickey together with a selection of other recent releases and some classic “Bird." Playlist William Parker in Order to Survive “Eternal Is the Voice of Love II" from Live/Shapeshifter (Aum Fidelity) 00:00 Whit Dickey Tao Quartets “Peace Planet" from ...

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Article: Album Review

Stephan Crump's Rosetta Trio: Outliers

Read "Outliers" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Truly one of the most versatile of today's in-demand bassists, Stephan Crump has proven himself equally adept in a variety of musical contexts. Not only is he Vijay Iyer's longtime associate in both his trio and sextet formations, but he also finds time to pursue free improvisation with Ingrid Laubrock and Cory Smythe; that trio's Planktonic ...


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