The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble features Corey Wilkes on trumpet,Teodross Avery on tenor sax and Kahil El'Zabar on drums. They combine traditional African rhythms and melodies and fuse it with African-American musical forms to produce a new contemporary sound.
The Necks (established 1987) is one of the great cult bands of Australia and the world. With next to no publicity, their albums have sold in their thousands. The Necks (pianist Chris Abrahams, drummer Tony Buck and bassist Lloyd Swanton)will unravel their lengthy, transfixing works in mesmerizing fashion, with pieces frequently underpinned by their signature insistent, deep groove. Their music engages audiences with its deceptive simplicity. Not entirely avant-garde, nor minimalist, nor ambient, nor jazz, the music of The Necks is impossible to classify.
Bassist Stephan Crump and his new quartet, Rhombal (including tenor saxophonist Ellery Eskelin, trumpeter Adam O'Farrill and drummer Tyshawn Sorey), convened around a body of work composed for Crump's late brother, Patrick, who died of a rare sarcoma in 2014. Though he's played regular with Vijay Iyer's trio and quartet as well as guitarist Rez Abbasi's Acoustic Quartet and drummer Ches Smith's trio, among others, Crump has focused on more intimate, less traditional projects as a leader for the last 15 years. The events of 9/11 led him to form his all-string Rosetta Trio, while his other recordings have all been duos, whether with Mary Halvorson or Steve Lehman. While Rhombal was inspired by another tragedy, Crump says that the quartet "is not about sadness [but is instead] a commemoration of a death well-confronted [and] of a spiritual evolution."