166

Stephan Crump: Tuckahoe

David Adler By

Sign in to view read count
Stephan Crump represents a new breed of bassist/bandleader/composer, one who asks himself and his listeners to entertain new ideas about what jazz can be and where it can go. He released his previous recording, Poems and Other Things, on his own Papillon Sounds label, enlisting the talents of pianist Roberta Piket, saxophonist Chris Cheek, and drummer Rob Garcia. Now he follows up with Tuckahoe, keeping Cheek on board and adding alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon, guitarist Jamie Fox, and drummer Dan Rieser. (Together, this lineup performed live at regular intervals during the course of 2000.) The new compositions borrow from a wide variety of stylistic influences, from country-tinged folk to Latin to reggae. But holding it all together is Crump’s uncompromising individualism, an expressive core that elicits inspired improvisation from all involved.

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

| Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Groove Dreams CD/LP/Track Review Groove Dreams
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: May 23, 2017
Read Galaxies Like Grains Of Sand CD/LP/Track Review Galaxies Like Grains Of Sand
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 23, 2017
Read Kami Fusen CD/LP/Track Review Kami Fusen
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 23, 2017
Read Two CD/LP/Track Review Two
by Joe Gatto
Published: May 23, 2017
Read Nightfall CD/LP/Track Review Nightfall
by John Kelman
Published: May 22, 2017
Read Pekka CD/LP/Track Review Pekka
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 22, 2017
Read "Where the Blue Begins" CD/LP/Track Review Where the Blue Begins
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: March 7, 2017
Read "My Scandinavian Blues: A Tribute to Horace Parlan" CD/LP/Track Review My Scandinavian Blues: A Tribute to Horace Parlan
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: June 12, 2016
Read "Which Craft?" CD/LP/Track Review Which Craft?
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: November 30, 2016
Read "Glitter" CD/LP/Track Review Glitter
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 12, 2017
Read "Dreamsville" CD/LP/Track Review Dreamsville
by Jack Bowers
Published: April 26, 2017
Read "Sunday Night At The Vanguard" CD/LP/Track Review Sunday Night At The Vanguard
by Mark Corroto
Published: July 18, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Why wait?

Support All About Jazz and we'll deliver exclusive content, hide ads, and provide read access to our future articles.