Written by Patrick Jarenwattananon from WBGO-FM
Two bass players — also fine and distinctive bandleaders — surround themselves with guitars in the next edition of The Checkout: Live.
Stephan Crump’s low-end theory will be familiar to fans of the world-renowned Vijay Iyer Trio, where Crump has discharged bass responsibilities for many years. Apart from his globetrotting and other sideman duties, he’s also a composer, both for film and his own bands. Of late, his best-known project has been the Rosetta Trio, featuring the dueling timbres of an electric guitarist (Jamie Fox) and an acoustic foil (Liberty Ellman). That band is preparing to release a third album in the fall; Crump and Co. give us a preview here.
Todd Sickafoose is heard often in two cities — his native San Francisco Bay Area and his adopted New York City. Ani DiFranco fans know his sound, too, as he worked with the singer-songwriter for the better part of a decade. In 2008, he released Tiny Resistors, a lushly-textured record that put him on the map as a composer and bandleader. Swamped in horns and violin and twin guitars and rock rhythms, Tiny Resistors the band has become an expansive compositional outlet for the bassist.
The twin bill of guitars in stereo takes the stage at 92Y Tribeca in downtown New York, as part of the WBGO concert series The Checkout: Live. WBGO and NPR Music present a live radio broadcast and online video webcast of both sets, starting at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday, March 20. For the full concert archive of this series, visit npr.org/checkoutlive.
- Stephan Crump, bass
- Jamie Fox, electric guitar
- Liberty Ellman, acoustic guitar
- Todd Sickafoose, bass
- Jenny Scheinman, violin
- John Ellis, tenor saxophone/bass clarinet
- Alan Ferber, trombone
- Steve Cardenas, guitar
- Jonathan Goldberger, guitar
- Ted Poor, drums