Stephan Crump, Liberty Ellman, Jamie Fox - 3 guitars
Thursday, February 28, 2019 · 7:30PM
White Box Live Arts, Liberty Station
2590 Truxton Rd #205
San Diego, CA
Tickets at the door: $20/$10 for students
Stephan Crump brought together Rosetta Trio for the first time in 2005 to record an album of pieces written in the aftermath of 9/11. That “engaging and sublime meeting” (Signal to Noise) of Crump on acoustic bass with guitarists Liberty Ellman and Jamie Fox, produced Rosetta, which was greeted with enthusiasm and inclusion on multiple top ten lists, and ecstatic reviews for its narrative depth and outstanding performances.
“Here is a string ensemble for the new century!” raved All About Jazz NY. Their second album, Reclamation (2010), “a low-key marvel” (JazzTimes), “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. Rosetta Trio, whose members have collaborated with many of the leading lights in the New York creative music scene for years, has developed into a formidable unit, sensitively and powerfully rendering Crump’s often profound, sometimes playful, and always honest music. Now, after fifteen years of collaboration, the trio charts new territories of shape and feel on Outliers, arriving February 19, 2019 on Papillon Sounds.
Shunning barriers of genre, Stephan 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), as well as groups with Kris Davis, Ingrid Laubrock, Cory Smythe, Eric McPherson, Mat Maneri, and Okkyung Lee. 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 Rhombal quartet, with Tyshawn Sorey, Ellery Eskelin, and Adam O’Farrill, recently released its eponymous debut.
Based in Brooklyn New York, guitarist / composer Liberty Ellman has performed and or recorded with a host of stand out creative artists including: Joe Lovano, Myra Melford, Wadada Leo Smith, Butch Morris, Vijay Iyer, Steve Lehman, Greg Osby, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Nels Cline, Somi, Matana Roberts, Ledisi, JD Allen, Michele Rosewoman, Adam Rudolph, Josh Roseman, Barney McAll, Okkyung Lee, Steven Bernstein, Ben Goldberg and John Zorn. In 2014 Ellman worked with Jason Moran on Luanda Kinshasa, a video installation by visionary filmmaker Stan Douglas. Ellman is perhaps best known for his long tenure in Henry Threadgill's groundbreaking ensemble, Zooid. The group has recorded several critically lauded albums. Ellman is also credited as producer and mixing. He mixed and mastered Gregory Porter's Be Good, which was nominated for a Grammy. 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.” Voted #1 Rising Star Guitarist in the 2016 Downbeat Critics Poll, he was also honored in the 2015 Jazz Times expanded critics poll, as one of the four guitarists of the year.
Native Californian Jamie Fox has performed worldwide, in concert and on television, including the Montreaux Jazz Festival. A semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz competition in 1995, he has worked with artists as diverse as Brother Jack Mc Duff, Dr. John, Ernie Watts, Gene Harris, Tiger Okoshi, Carla Thomas, Otis Clay, and The Shirelles. He played guitar and served as musical director for the Joan Baez World Tour (1989-1991), and also worked on Before the Deluge, a popular PBS television special with Baez and Jackson Browne. He was lead guitarist for Blood, Sweat & Tears (1998-2000), touring the USA and Canada. In addition to performing his own music, Jamie records and performs with singer Jen Chapin as well as Rosetta Trio. Called "an unflappable melodist" (New York Times), his latest CD release is called When I Get Home, a collection of original instrumental stories.