I put Rosetta Trio together in 2004 to test out some new work I’d sewn together from many fragments that had came to me over the weeks and months after 9/11.  At the time, I wasn’t thinking about starting a new group.  I had this very personal material and needed to surround myself with people I trusted, old friends.  Liberty and Jamie hadn’t previously played together, but I had a hunch there’d be sparks.  I documented those first sessions, and upon listening I knew there was something special happening, that this was a band.    Nevertheless, it took a lot of work for us to find how the ensemble might function, to balance the lift and the lean.  That work led us to the first album, Rosetta.  I hadn’t thought beyond this initial experience, but the trio kept playing, touring the States and Europe, becoming a deeper, more expansive version of itself.  And there was more I wanted to try in the writing.  Next, we made Reclamation, then Thwirl, for which I invited the guys to contribute compositions (Jamie’s piece made that album, and Liberty’s is presented here).  As it turned out, there was yet more I wanted to try.  It started with “Re Eyes,” which grabbed me and wouldn’t let go.  By the time I finished the piece, I knew we were headed back over the mountain.  And here we are, Outliers. Please check the Shows page for upcoming performances.

Rosetta Trio

LIBERTY ELLMAN · acoustic guitar
JAMIE FOX · electric guitar
STEPHAN CRUMP · acoustic bass



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