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Tag: Stephan Crump

Tuesday, October 13th


Vijay Iyer Trio (VI, piano; Stephan Crump, bass; Marcus Gilmore, drums), live, New York, 2015*



random sights

other evening, Chicago (Columbus Park)



*Set list (courtesy of YouTube):
01:54 Geese
08:16 Break Stuff
13:24 Mystery Woman
20:28 Libra
26:18 Break Stuff (Reprise)
30:55 Starlings
35:46 Chorale
41:13 Work
50:22 Our Lives
58:58 Hood
1:11:00 Taking Flight
1:24:19 Countdown
1:31:22 Becoming

Wednesday, May 13th

ten strings, twenty fingers

Stephan Crump (bass) & Mary Halvorson (guitar), “Erie” (S. Crump), live, New York, 4/17/15



random thoughts

Life consists of driving a vehicle you didn’t design, one that came without an owner’s manual, until one day it runs off the road and winds up in a ditch.

Tuesday, March 24th

can’t wait

This weekend they’ll be in Chicago, playing at Constellation.

Vijay Iyer Trio (VI, piano; Stephan Crump, bass; Marcus Gilmore, drums), Break Stuff, 2015


Monday, October 7th


Andrew Hill (1931-2007), “Smoke Stack”

Vijay Iyer Trio (VI, piano; Stephan Crump, bass; Marcus Gilmore, drums), Historicity, 2009


Andrew Hill (with Richard Davis, bass; Eddie Khan, bass; Roy Haynes, drums), Smoke Stack (AKA Smokestack), 1966 (rec. 1963)

This is one of my favorite albums of all time, of any artist, on any instrument.

Vijay Iyer



musical thoughts

More and more I find myself seeking sounds that don’t convey a particular feeling or mood but, instead, create a space I can inhabit, physically, emotionally, intellectually, if only for a short while.


*On WKCR-FM (Columbia University), from 6-9 p.m. (EST), Vijay Iyer, pianist, composer, recent MacArthur “genius” grant winner, future Harvard professor, will be joining host Mitch Goldman “for a deep focus on Andrew Hill.”

Saturday, September 28th

good news, bad news

24 Recipients of MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant Named

New York Times, 9/24/13

First the bad news: MCOTD was passed over, again. The good news? This guy, often featured here, wasn’t.

Vijay Iyer (1971-), pianist, composer, soon-to-be Harvard professor

“Imagine” (J. Lennon), live, Germany (Leverkusen), 2011


“Actions Speak” (V. Iyer), live (Stephan Crump, bass; Marcus Gilmore, drums), New York, 2012


“Somewhere” (L. Bernstein), recording (Stephan Crump, bass; Marcus Gilmore, drums), Historicity, 2009



musical thoughts

the stillness of the valley
is itself a kind of music

—Du Fu (AKA Tu Fu; 712-770; “Visting the Fengxian Monastery” [excerpt]; translated from Chinese by David Young)

Tuesday, 5/29/12

two takes

“Human Nature” (S. Porcaro & J. Bettis)

Vijay Iyer Trio (VI, piano; Stephan Crump, bass; Marcus Gilmore, drums), live (studio performance [KPLU-FM]), 2011


Michael Jackson, recording (Thriller), 1982

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