Memphis-bred, Grammy-nominated bassist/composer Stephan Crump has lived in Brooklyn since 1994. An active bandleader and composer, he has released ten critically-acclaimed albums in addition to numerous film scoring contributions. As bassist, known for transforming his instrument into a speaking entity of magnetic pull, his focus on creative instrumental music has led to collaborations with many of the leading lights of his generation.
Shunning barriers of genre, 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), his own Rosetta Trio, as well as groups with Kris Davis, Ingrid Laubrock, Cory Smythe, Eric McPherson, Mat Maneri, and Okkyung Lee.
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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
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
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
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