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Album Review

Tuckahoe signifies the street in Memphis, TN, where jazz bassist Stephan Crump grew up. With this 2001 release, the artist commandeers his quintet through a series of self-penned works. More than just a chops session, Crump's methodologies and implementations could perhaps parallel New York City's fertile downtown jazz scene, whereas the bassist also melds some of his hometown blues roots into the grand scheme of things. Here, Crump, along with the twin sax attack of Chris Cheek and Miguel Zenon, intertwines dream-laden soundscapes with thoughtfully constructed soloing atop Afro-Cuban rhythms, oscillating flows and torrid swing vamps. Meanwhile, guitarist Jamie Fox looms as a worthy foil for the woodwind section via his fluently executed electric lead lines, jazz-based chord progressions and intricately formulated voicings. Essentially, this outing highlights Crump's budding compositional talents amid a variety of mood-evoking passages and the soloists' often heated yet predominantly soulful excursions.


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Stephan Crump, equally adept on acoustic and electric bass, leads his own jazz quartet as well as an electric groove ensemble called Lavabox. Crump grew up in Memphis, TN, and received a bachelor of music degree from Amherst College in 1994. Soon after graduating, he toured the U.S. and Canada with the Tommy Dorsey Band. He then relocated to New York and joined the quartet of trumpeter Marvin Stamm. His resumé as a versatile sideman quickly grew to include Sonny Fortune, Johnny Copeland, Bobby Previte,...
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