My second album, tapping into some magical chemistry between Chris Cheek and Miguel Zenon on the front line. Tuckahoe is the name of the street I grew up on in Memphis, TN.
“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.” - AllAboutJazz
“In this collection bassist/composer Crump conjures up many moods. His understated ensemble approach occasionally gives way to a well-formed solo concept. With his burnished tone and deft fingers, Crump keeps it percolating until it’s his turn to boil.” - Bass Player
“First-rate playing by all the principals on this auspicious debut from Crump, a talent who bears watching.” - JazzTimes
“Crump is also an eloquent instrumentalist whose painterly brushstrokes are heard to great effect on the musical portrait, Eweslepe.” - Berkshire Eagle
released September 11, 2001
Chris Cheek - tenor saxophone, Miguel Zenon - alto saxophone, Jamie Fox - guitar, Dan Rieser - drums, Stephan Crump - acoustic bass.
Recorded Nov 15, 16 2000 by Danny Blum and Chris Kelly at Good and Evil, Brooklyn, NY. Mixed by Danny Blum. Mastered by Michael MacDonald at AlgoRhythms, NYC.
Harriet Tubmans...We spoke years ago. A phone interview with a guy in Bozeman MT for KGLT radio. Thanks for Araminta...and working Leo Smith. It's getting airplay out this way. Best...Brodie Brodie Cates
When you consider how many decades these three masters have been making music together (4 and counting?)I guess what you end up listening to (from release to release) is an interrupted ongoing conversation...the type that any three old friends might engage in...no need to set a context (it already exists),no need for pleasantries or platitudes (they already know each other's foibles by heart)...a sort of personal 'shorthand' that dispenses with formal introduction...they just get on with essential communication;they take risks that only old friends might take (ignoring anything offensive...that 'preciousness' was all dealt with decades ago) and they tell each other only the musical truth...such musical relationships can sometimes make the listener feel like a voyeur...I just hope they don't mind me overhearing their conversation...a silent witness to that truth.