Stephan Crump, Ingrid Laubrock and Cory Smythe – this trio consists of three innovative improvisers and jazz musicians of the younger Brooklyn scene. An intense and extremely relaxed encounter in the recording studio led to this outstanding CD.
Christoph Wagner writes in the liner notes: "Over long periods, the music seemed to play itself. Long notes and exciting arcs set the tone for a sound which can appear introvert, sometimes almost meditative. Variation and contrast are provided by more expressive outbursts from the saxophone, interspersed with rippling piano cascades or hammered, staccato bursts of Morse code. Deep down the powerful bass thunders on. Fascinating sensory illusions emerge. When listening back to the recordings, at times even the musicians were no longer sure if what they were hearing came from sax or from bowed bass."
Stephan Crump: Acoustic Bass
Ingrid Laubrock: Tenor and Soprano Saxophones
Cory Smythe: Piano
Music by Stephan Crump, Ingrid Laubrock and Cory Smythe. Recorded August 13, 2015, at Oktaven Audio, Yonkers, NY, by Ryan Streber. Mixed by Stephan Crump at The Butler Plaza, Brooklyn, NY. Mastered by Liberty Ellman at 4D Studios, Brooklyn, NY. Cover art and graphic design: Jonas Schoder. Liner notes: Christoph Wagner. Photos: Richard A. Ingebrigtsen (Plankton), Stephan Crump & Ingrid Laubrock (Musicians). Produced by Stephan Crump, Ingrid Laubrock, Cory Smythe, and Intakt Records, Patrik Landolt. Published by Intakt Records.
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It's almost hard to believe there's any space for Tim to fit in when they play this stuff as a duo! The magical uber-complex counterpoint flowing from and resolving to the killer tunes has a similar feel to the full band Berne but these are clarifying in their complexity - you can understand all the moving parts on the same level. Also perhaps the best showcase of Mr Mitchell's solo skills I've heard - he's fully in his element! Giles