Blacks’ Myths is a duo from Washington, DC comprised of Luke Stewart on bass and Warren G. “Trae” Crudup III on drums. The group’s latest, ‘Blacks’ Myths II’ collects thirteen tracks from a marathon recording session in the summer of 2019.
Two of DC’s most active and versatile musicians, Stewart and Crudup build symbiotic rhythmic pieces by locking into something both hypnotic and free. Their collaboration is redefining the rhythm section by dismantling its tropes and injecting unpredictability as well as a sense of vibrancy and freedom. The group’s debut, Blacks’ Myths (Atlantic Rhythms, 2018), established a space for ambience and eruption, building hypnotic rhythmic structures and exploratory soundscapes.
“On Black Myths, Stewart and Crudup craft evocative, Afro-futuristic grooves, frequently disrupted by eruptions of feedback dissonance or languid soundscapes.” — Down Beat Magazine
Viscount-endorsed artist Walter Kemp 3, lead composer/pianist for the award-winning ensemble Black Whole, experiments with traditional chord progressions and has collaborated with various musical greats like Juini Booth and Rey Scott, of Sun-Ra’s Arkestra, Bobby Militello, (Dave Brubeck), and Sabu Adeyola (Ahmad Jamal). As a highly-sought professional in the progressive music scene, Walter is the youngest musician, in more than three decades, to serve as Artistic Director for the CMC Jazz Festival. He teaches jazz studies at Villa Maria College.