Grammy-nominated, Memphis-bred Brooklynite bassist and composer Stephan Crump performs with his all-string Rosetta Trio in exploration of work from their new album, "Outliers." After 15 years of collaboration, this intimately powerful group charts new territories of form also features Liberty Ellman on acoustic guitar and Jamie Fox on electric guitar.
Best known for his dynamic founding role in the Vijay Iyer Trio, Crump has performed and recorded with a diverse range of musicians, including Portishead's Dave McDonald, The Violent Femmes' Gordon Gano, 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.
Ellman and Fox were both xtures on the San Francisco Bay area music scene and had toured internationally before arriving in New York in the '90s. Aside from his own critically-acclaimed recording career, Ellman has been featured as guitarist and producer in Henry Threadgill’s innovative group Zooid and has performed with other jazz visionaries such as Steve Coleman and Greg Osby. An accomplished jazz composer in his own right, Fox brings his idiosyncratic folk, r&b and blues perspective that has contributed to the music of such legends as Joan Baez and Brother Jack McDuff.