Featuring: Kris Davis (piano), Stephan Crump (bass), Eric McPherson (drums).
On Friday December 7th, the Fall 2018 Jazz Series concludes with all-star trio exploring the art of improvisation, Borderlands Trio. All three members, Kris Davis, Stephan Crump, and Eric McPherson have performed in different configurations in the past - this performance is the debut of their collaborating trio in New Haven. Borderlands Trio released their debut, Asteroidea in 2017 on Zurich's Intakt Records.
In his liner notes for Asteroidea, Jim Macnie writes, "the album title is the latin term for starfish - a creature that can regenerate parts of itself whenever need be. That idea resonates with Crump because of the trio's ability to steadily develop new landscapes. Crump reminds us that the word starfish conjures notions of both the ocean and outer space: 'gravity, magnetism, constellations, nature. With this band we're always expanding and contracting, recontextualizing what's around us and heading for the instantly inevitable.'"
Stephan Crump was raised in Memphis and has lived in Brooklyn since 1994. An active bandleader, he has released twelve critically-acclaimed albums in addition to numerous film scoring contributions. 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, most notably Vijay Iyer, in whose trio and sextet Crump plays a dynamic, founding role. He can also be heard as long-standing member of Jen Chapin Trio, Ches Smith Trio, Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet, Liberty Ellman Sextet, Secret Keeper (duo with Mary Halvorson), his own Rosetta Trio (with Jamie Fox, Liberty Ellman), his Rhombal quartet (with Ellery Eskelin, Adam O’Farrill, Tyshawn Sorey), as well as co-led ensembles with Kris Davis, Ingrid Laubrock, Cory Smythe, Eric McPherson, Mat Maneri, and Okkyung Lee.
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