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.
Sataraš Quartet plays Jazz with a capital “J,” but doesn’t sound like anyother group out there. The brainchildof Edin Beho (guitar), Sataraš playstraditional Baldan tunes, Cromptonoriginals, and jazz “covers” no one elsetouches, all with intensity and unity ofpurpose. Click on the picture to go tothe Quartet’s Facebook page.
The instrumentation of Three Way Mirror - alto saxophone, tuba, and congas - matches that of Arthur Blythe’s classic album Bush Baby.But Jeff’s motivation for forming the group was his desire to play more music with tubist Bill Pritchard and percussionist Yaya Brown. Click on the picture to go the 3WMFacebook page.
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 hear “OctoberSong,” from the Trio’s Magic Wordalbum.
RoboCromp is the ensemble that willnot die. Jeff and guitarist Rob Rushinstarting playing duets together in 1989,and have kept at it off and on ever since, even after the guitar half of theduo moved to another state, and thenanother. Rob calls the music “ChamberFusion for the New Millenium,” and that’s as good as any description.
In recent years, Jeff has beenincreasingly involved in composingmore formal music - what is usuallycalled “contemporary classical.” His Toccata for Brass Quintet has been played by the Midtown Brass Quintetof Atlanta, and his Sonatina for ToyPiano by the brilliant New York pianistRobert Fleitz.