CD release show for "Magic Word", the new CD by the Jeff Crompton Trio - saxophonist Jeff Crompton with Bob Stagner on drums and bassist Evan Lipson.
Jeff says: This album came about because I wanted to record new and old tunes with two other Southeastern musicians whose work I have long admired. Chattanooga native Bob Stagner, a founding member of the Shaking Ray Levis, is one of the most important figures in the Old-Timey Southern Avant-Garde; he's a pillar of the amazing creative community of Chattanooga, which deserves to be more widely known outside of that city.
Evan Lipson was raised in Philadelphia, where he met saxophonist Jack Wright; they still play together in the collective trio Roughhousing. Evan settled in Chattanooga in 2012, and has become a major force in the creative life there.
The compositions on this album range from those written in the 1980s (Magic Word, Creep) to those written just weeks or days before we recorded (Mean Streak, Big Nine Blues). During the sessions, we recorded several totally improvised pieces, two of which appear on the album.
Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel
"The name of this Atlanta duo implies a proper classical recital, a rigid formality.
But Scott Burland (theremin) and Frank Schultz (lap steel) don't do scripted, improvising not so much
distinct sounds as evolving eddies of sound, vapors of tones that develop and transform gracefully.
Hypnotic pulses and dreamy drones weave together to form a kaleidoscope of sounds and moods, ambient clouds
and swooning collages that are as much about texture as they are timbre, like a long-lost soundtrack
to a deep-sea documentary."
Chris Case has added his creative keyboard playing to all sorts of musical situations for years in and out of Atlanta. He currently leads the beyond-category trio Samadha and plays with the progressive folk/rock band Little Tybee.