"For me, free improvisation is nothing more than composing – spontaneous composing from the moment," says bassist Stephan Crump.
In this trio, three ideal-typical partners come together who bring
along thinking in compositional structures. Saxophonist Ingrid
Laubrock is active as a composer in her countless projects, always
swinging playfully between composition and improvisation and
moving light-footedly between harmonic and rhythmically bound jazz
and free improvisation. The pianist Cory Smythe (decorated with a
Grammy for the recording "In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores"
2015) originally comes from new serious music and, is a lust-walking
border crosser between new music and jazz improvisation. With
Stephan Crump, who, in addition to his engagement in the Vijay Iyer
Trio, is also often on the road in chamber music formations, the three
of them provided a festival highlight with their filigree art of improvisation:
enjoy these sonic subtleties, most of which are drawn from
tranquillity, and expansive arcs of tension in which, according to
Crump, "every note becomes a planet".
released March 15, 2019
Stephan Crump: Acoustic Bass
Ingrid Laubrock: Tenor and Soprano Sax
Cory Smythe: Piano
Music by Stephan Crump, Ingrid Laubrock, Cory Smythe. Recorded live
at unerhört!-Festival 2017, December 1, 2017. Recording engineer: Martin
Pearson. Recording produced by Radio SRF 2 Kultur and Intakt Records. Mixed by Stephan Crump with Ingrid Laubrock, Cory Smythe at
The Butler Plaza, Brooklyn, NY. Mastered by Liberty Ellman at 4D Studios,
Brooklyn, NY. Cover art: Gottfried Honegger. Graphic design: Jonas
Schoder. Photo: Rueben Radding Liner notes: Michel J. Agovino.