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Snake Nation

by Edgewood Saxophone Trio

Challenging, off-center, jazz-based saxophone trio music.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Free Jazz
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1. Swingbox
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2. Snake Nation
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3. Decatur Street Stomp
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4. Stinger
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5. Deadline
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6. Omen
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7. Conundrum
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8. Frank Frost Becomes the Midnight Prowler
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9. Needles
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10. Phoenix
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11. Winter Was Hard That Year
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12. Sideways in Macon
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Album Notes
The Edgewood Saxophone Trio is a jazz/improv-based saxophone ensemble from Atlanta. Jeff Crompton (alto), Ben Davis (tenor), and Bill Nittler (baritone) play challenging, off-center originals and improvisations as well as the occasional Ornette Coleman or Steve Lacy tune.

The Edgewood Sax Trio is the demented notion of Jeff Crompton, whose mad saxophone skills have graced stages across the city for decades, most recently with the 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra. Accompanied by Ben Davis (tenor sax) and Bill Nittler (baritone sax), Crompton has charted a harmonically enthralling and rhythmically swinging 12-track journey with Snake Nation, the group’s debut CD.
— Doug DeLoach, Creative Loafing Atlanta

One of Atlanta's jazz treasures…. With a new CD just released, Jeff Crompton, Ben Davis, and Bill Nittler have been on fire during recent performances.
— Omar Kalid, Cribnotes

From the liner notes:

Snake Nation was the original name of the Atlanta neighborhood now known as Castleberry Hill. In the city’s early days, it was filled with renegades and shady characters, so much so that the major political party representing the area was known as the Free and Rowdy Party.

“Decatur Street Stomp” is my tribute to the music of New Orleans, with just a hint of loving parody.

“Conundrum” is dedicated to Tom Law and the Conundrum Music Hall in Columbia, SC.

“Frank Frost Becomes the Midnight Prowler” is a musical translation of a remarkable performance I witnessed nearly 20 years ago in Clarksdale, MS. The great bluesman Frank Frost (1936-1999), worn down by age and demons, played and sang his signature song “Midnight Prowler” in the middle of a set by Willie Foster. For five minutes, he snarled into the microphone, stalked around the stage, and blew the harp like a man possessed. For those few moments, he was the Midnight Prowler. When the song was over, he turned back into Frank Frost, tired and unwell.

The members of the Edgewood Saxophone Quartet all live in or around the Edgewood area of Atlanta. We enjoy playing together, and hope you enjoy listening.

Jeff Crompton



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