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Bassist Stephan Crump (Vijay Iyer Trio) and pianist James Carney performing together in fluid duos that assimilate many musical languages and approaches.
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Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF199
Squidco Product Code: 13424
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded May 2nd, 2008 in Brooklyn, NY by Stephan Crump.
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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. Currently, he can be heard as a long-standing member of Vijay Iyer Trio and Sextet, Jen Chapin Band, Ches Smith Trio, Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet, Liberty Ellman Sextet, Secret Keeper (with Mary Halvorson), his own Rosetta Trio, as well as groups with Kris Davis, Ingrid Laubrock, Cory Smythe, Eric McPherson, Mat Maneri, and Okkyung Lee.
Stephan comes from a family of architects, sculptors, painters, storytellers, musicians, civic leaders, and craftsmen. He was raised in music and the arts by his Parisian mother, an amateur pianist, and his Memphian father, an architect, painter, and jazz drummer. After six years of classical piano study and two years with the alto saxophone, he got his first bass guitar at age thirteen and spent his high school years playing in rock and funk bands around Memphis. During the summers, he worked in the studio of his uncle, Stephen, a wood sculptor.
Crump received his Bachelor of Music degree from Amherst College, where he studied under Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Lewis Spratlin and was awarded the Sundquist Prize for performance and composition. It was at Amherst that he began his acoustic bass journey, with a focus on classical training that culminated in a year of study in Paris with Gary Karr-protégé Patrick Hardouineau. His jazz studies at Amherst included work with Max Roach, Frank Foster, and Ray Drummond.
Crump launched his solo performance career as an invited artist at the 2009 International Society of Bassists conference and has since released several recordings documenting his duo collaborations with alto saxophonist Steve Lehman, pianist James Carney, and guitarist Mary Halvorson. His all-string Rosetta Trio, with Jamie Fox and Liberty Ellman, is working toward their fourth album, while and his Rhombal quartet, with Tyshawn Sorey, Ellery Eskelin, and Adam O'Farrill, recently released its eponymous debut.
Stephan is an enthusiastic endorser of Velvet strings, Aguilar bass amplifiers, AMT acoustic bass microphones, and David Gage Czech Ease travel bass."-Stephan Crump Website (http://stephancrump.com/about/)
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"If you still think there's an untraversable frontier between the so-called mainstream and the so-called avant-garde, it's because you're not noticing what's going on. And what's going on is well represented by James Carney and Stephan Crump, musicians who developed in admiration and assimilation of numerous musical languages and who are always combining the tradition with the invention of "the jazz to come".
The listener can easily hear such inclusiveness on this particular recording, which could be described simply as "composition created in the moment." The pianist Carney's collaborations with such varied musicians as Ravi Coltrane and Nels Cline, and his current septet with the equal-minded players Tony Malaby, Peter Epstein, Ralph Alessi, Josh Roseman, Chris Lightcap and Mark Ferber, make him one of the most notable of this new front of performers who find in the past the bricks to build the future.
We have to say the same about the bassist of this duo: Crump is indifferent to styles and tendencies, as evidenced by his own all-string Rosetta Trio as well as his membership in the Vijay Iyer Trio, Jim Campilongo Electric Trio, Jen Chapin Trio, Liberty Ellman Quartet, Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet and another duo project with saxophonist Steve Lehman.
This project's genesis took place after a couple of quartet sessions at Carney's loft apartment in Brooklyn; on a third occasion they decided to play duo, and Crump brought along his mobile recording equipment to capture these two unedited performances. Give a listen and turn yourself on with this new and very welcomed reality."-Clean Feed Records
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