SEE and DO: The Jeff Crompton Trio plays the Mammal Gallery July 15
The group unleashes a whirling dirge of swinging Southern avant-garde jazz
Alto sax man Jeff Crompton is a true gem of Atlanta's music scene. When flanked by drummer Bob Stagner of Chattanooga's Shaking Ray Levis Society and standup bass player Evan Lipson, the group delves into a whirling dirge of hard bop and avant-garde jazz that's both swinging and psychedelic. Crompton's compositional elements are strong, and his nods to traditional Southern musical forms are clearly on display. But when the Trio's collective subconscious takes over, there's no telling how far out they'll go. The music on display throughout the trio's 2016 debut, Magic Word, is bold by design and interdimensional in nature driven by a level of shared, silent telepathy that only years of experience and a deep understanding of each other's instincts can foster.