Stephan Crump’s Rosetta TrioWednesday, April 1, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Fan favorite and acclaimed bassist Stephan Crump visits City of Asylum with his Rosetta Trio for an evening of exciting, experimental jazz. After fifteen years of collaboration, Rosetta Trio charts new territories of shape and feel on its new album, Outliers.
Best known for his dynamic founding role in the Vijay Iyer Trio, Memphis-bred, Grammy- nominated, Brooklynite bassist/composer Stephan Crump leads his own uniquely colorful and hard-grooving all-string Rosetta Trio, featuring guitarists Liberty Ellman and Jamie Fox.
Hailed as “a string ensemble for the new century” by All About Jazz, the group formed in 2005 to record an album of pieces written in the aftermath of 9/11. That album, Rosetta, was greeted with inclusion on multiple top ten lists and ecstatic reviews for its narrative depth and outstanding performances. Their second release, Reclamation (2010), “ingenious originals” (The New Yorker), “bareness in emotion” (NPR), was much more than a follow-up effort, though it was the earlier album that gave the trio its name and its mission: to inhabit the dynamic and rhythmic flexibility of a drumless ensemble and embrace its challenges and expanded responsibilities; to reject restrictions of genre; to explore different territories of feel, texture, color; to groove. With Thwirl (2013) “a declaration of increased proportions, a culmination of superior interplay, chemistry, delicacy and vision” (Downbeat), the group revealed a new telepathy. Now, after fifteen years of work together, the trio has released their fourth album, Outliers, which documents their charting new territories of form and feel. Rosetta Trio, whose members have for years collaborated with many of the leading lights in the New York creative music scene, has developed into a formidable unit, sensitively and powerfully rendering Crump’s often profound, sometimes playful and always honest music.
Stephan Crump is an active bandleader with twelve critically-acclaimed album releases in addition to numerous film scoring contributions. 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.
Jamie Fox is originally from California, has performed world wide, in concert
and on television, including the Montreaux Jazz Festival. Fox was a semifinalist in
the Thelonious Monk International Jazz competition in 1995.
Liberty Ellman has released 4 of his own critically acclaimed albums: Orthodoxy, Tactiles, Ophiuchus Butterfly, and 2015’s Radiate on Pi Recordings. His compositional style has been described as “At once highly controlled and recklessly inventive,” and the Wall Street Journal said: “Ellman, along with his peers, is helping to define post millennial jazz.”