As a composer, Stephan Crump knows how to build. His Rosetta Trio has managed to construct a moving sound as calm as a flowing river that's still powerful enough to erode the rocks in the river's bed. The smoothness of his bass anchors as much as it flies off. When dealing with Liberty Ellman and Jaime Fox's guitars, the fullness and richness is there. When playing, in all sense of the word, with Vijay Iyer's piano and Marcus Gilmore's drums, he bounces along with endless possibilities. However on his latest release, Crump sits in the middle of a quartet that doesn't have a chordal instrument. He alongside trumpeter Adam O'Farrill, tenor saxophonist Ellery Eskelin, and drummer Tyshawn Sorey are making the full sound all their own, carefully placing the jigsaw pieces of notes together into something richer than one could fathom, which says a lot for Stephan Crump.
Chris messaged me Friday asking if I wanted to fill in for his show on Saturday. Considering I hadn't recorded my show on Friday or made plans yet for Saturday (I ended up working, but it's good I knew to make this show before learning that), I said yes and made two more hours of radio for you.
Nu Standards for 23 July 2016
Aaron Parks is an altogether beautiful person, as if his aura just colors whatever he touches, particularly pianos. Billy Hart is a legend and a giant and gets to do whatever the hell he wants on the drums. Ben Street is an anchor and a pure soul able to keep the three aligned on the bass. The trio were absolutely outstanding playing one of the last sets of the festival on Saturday, July 9 at Le Gesù presenting new material Parks is set to release some time next year on ECM.
Erik Truffaz is 56 years old. He plays the trumpet. He's on Blue Note… France. He's not hyped in the United States much. I only knew of him from copping his 2000 album, The Mask, from fellow KRTU radio host J.C. Pagan after he found the album while shopping in Brazil (if memory serves). The guy is a big deal, but one of those big deals that literally doesn't in America. It should, because if his Friday, July 8th performance at the Monument National is any proof, Truffaz' quartet is one of the most forward thinking groups in jazz today.
I learned long ago from my mother that if you can help it, don't work on your birthday. There are some who don't exactly hold that sentiment. Bassist Orlando le Flemming's birthday was yesterday, July 7, but he still put in work backing guitarist Nir Felder for his sets at l'Astral. Alongside drummer Jimmy Macbride, the three played two sets mostly of new material with a few selections from Felder's latest album, 2014's Golden Age.