Sataraš Quartet is a jazz quartet with a difference. Sataraš plays traditional Balkan tunes, originals, and jazz “covers” no one else touches, all with intensity and unity of purpose. Saravejo-born guitarist Eddie Beho is the sparkplug of the group; he’s joined by Crompton on saxophone and keys, Colin Bragg on bass, and drummer Blake Helton. Click on the picture to go to sample their Errors and Omissions album.
The Edgewood Saxphone Trio brings together three of the best saxophone players in Atlanta: Jeff Crompton on alto, Ben Davis on tenor, and Bill Nittler on baritone. The EST plays original, edgy, jazz-based music, with the occasional Steve Lacy or Ornette Coleman tune thrown into the mix.Click on the picture to go to the trio’s website.
Three Way Mirror brings together threeold friends from the Atlanta music scene -Jeff Crompton on saxophone and clarinet,John Arthur Brown on congas, and BillPritchard playing all the bass instruments -string bass, electric bass, and tuba. 3WMplays Crompton originals (both brand newand 40 years old!) and selected jazz classicsby the likes of Monk, Ornette Coleman, andColtrane.Click on the picture to hear the group’sunique New Normal album.
Buddy Bolden is a short chamber composed in 2018. Planned for concert presentation in 2020, theglobal pandemic necessitated a pivotto web presentation. The opera, featuring the Edgewood SaxophoneTrio and a stellar cast, is available forviewing as a YouTube playlist here.Click on the picture to go to the officialwebsite of the opera.
The Trio finds Jeff teamed with the legendary Bob Stagner (a foundingmember of the Shaking Ray Levis) on drums and the amazing bassist Evan Lipson, one of thatinstrument’s most imaginative and innovative players. The trio playsoriginal music ranging from freebopto ballads to totally improvised pieces.Click on the picture to check out the Trio’s Magic Word album.
In recent years, Jeff has beenincreasingly involved in composingmore formal music - what is usuallycalled “contemporary classical.” His compositions have been performed not just in the Southeast, but in California, Como, Italy, and Seoul, South Korea.Clicking the picture will take you to the“Sound and Video” page, where you canview performances of “So Long” for solosaxophone and “Prelude and Fugue” for toy piano.