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Stephan Crump

Primary Instrument: Bass

Stephan Crump

Memphis-bred bassist/composer Stephan Crump is a rising star on the New York music scene. As collaborator with mainstream jazz luminaries, downtown explorers, singer/songwriters and others, he has become known for the elegance and purposeful groove of his acoustic and electric bass playing. As a composer, he is emerging as a singular voice.

Shunning barriers of musical genre, Stephan has performed and recorded in the US and across the globe with a diverse list of musicians- from Motown legends Ashford and Simpson to Portishead's Dave McDonald, The Violent Femmes' Gordon Gano, Michael McDonald, Patti Austin, Jorma Kaukonen, Lucy Kaplansky, Mahavishnu Project, Big Ass Truck, Dave Liebman, Billy Hart, Sonny Fortune, Greg Osby, Kenny Werner, Bobby Previte, and late blues legend Johnny Clyde Copeland....
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”ingenious originals” The New Yorker

“contained soulfulness” Downbeat

“a low-key marvel” JazzTimes

“a title to be savored” The Village Voice

“bareness in emotion” NPR

“Strong narrative sense, an unfettered conception of melody, and the confidence to elevate improvisations to a new level of empathy...speaks softly persuasive volumes” Carlo Wolff, JazzTimes, Reclamation review

“Someone's got to be the Holy Spirit, representing your faith that this jazz will breathe...It's the bassist, of course, cutting through with big, wise, rounded notes.” Ben Ratliff, NY Times, 11/09 Vijay Iyer Trio concert review

“Crump's bass playing and especially his soloing should be something to marvel at for anyone who appreciates finely crafted, artistic jazz musicianship” Michael Nastos, All Music Guide, 10/09 Vijay Iyer Trio Historicity review

Stephan is an enthusiastic endorser of Velvet strings, Reverend basses, AMT acoustic bass microphones, Aguilar bass amplifiers and David Gage's Czech Ease travel bass.

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