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Ivo Perelman: Book of Sound

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The mighty tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman leads a team of frequent collaborators and superior craftsmen, pianist Matthew Shipp and bassist William Parker. Drawing on past endeavors in various settings, the trio's remarkably intuitive powers are inherent throughout. With movements that are the cogs in the wheel of instantaneous forays in composition, they navigate through broad vistas amid customary mimicking and contrapuntal maneuvers. Moreover, Perelman keenly incorporates bluesy interludes, heightened by his plaintive cries, and when he mirrors human voice characteristics as a storytelling mechanism. But the group's multifarious inventions transmit a sense of elasticity, often intertwined with firmly ...

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Rejoice - Three New Ivo Perelman Discs

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Just think what could have been if artists like Jimmy Lyons or Albert Ayler were recording today. We might have had the ability to witness their development and observe how creative music gets nudged in new and different directions. That's exactly the gift we're given with the proliferation of recent Ivo Perelman recordings. The São Paulo-born, resident of Brooklyn whose initial influences were Stan Getz and Paul Desmond has (along with Matthew Shipp) extended the avant-garde innovations of the 1960s into the 21st century, creating a roadmap for todays new 'new thing.' The latest offerings are a great place to ...

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Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp/Whit Dickey/Gerald Cleaver: Enigma

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With a half a dozen releases in both 2012 and 2013, one might fear that tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman may begin to repeat himself. To put it succinctly--not a chance. Enigma features players very familiar to the saxophonist, yet in a completely new lineup. Invited here is pianist Matthew Shipp, Perelman's alter ego and two drummers, Whit Dickey and Gerald Cleaver. Both drummers have wielded sticks for Perelman and Shipp. Dickey is heard on the quartet session The Edge (Leo, 2013) and trio The Clairvoyant, and Cleaver with the quartets Serendipity (Leo, 2013) and The Hour Of The ...

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Perelman - Shipp - Dickey - Cleaver: Enigma

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Even though Brazilian tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman is a renowned powerhouse amid his gusty and highly energized mode of attack, he's an expert when it comes to reconfiguring melodic content and refreshing previously stated themes on-the-fly. Nonetheless, the principal basis for his craft is ingrained within the art of improvisation as he usually works within small ensembles. Enigma finds the artist performing with longtime collaborators, pianist Matthew Shipp and drummers Whit Dickey and Gerald Cleaver. It has become discernible over the years that Perelman and his supporting team have established a synergistic line of communications. The dual drumming ...

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Ivo Perelman: One

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Brazilian saxophonist Ivo Perelman's inaugural recording for this progressive UK-based record label includes frequent companion, bassist Joe Morris and Hungarian drummer Balazs Pandi (Merzbow, ZU). As for Pandi, he's contributed to several albums for this label and brings a hardcore progressive metal and avant-rock realm of experience to the forefront. Otherwise, the trio launches a largely hyper-mode onslaught via potent rhythmic invectives amid the leader's ravaging flurries and climatic sorties into the upper-register. Perelman is a cunning artisan. His heavy-duty outbreaks do not solely equate to a voracious sequence of barraging blowouts since he textures his sound with ...

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Ivo Perelman: Serendipity

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Brazilian tenor sax titan Ivo Perelman's 22nd album for Leo Records crosses paths formerly traversed. Set out to be a trio date with pianist Matthew Shipp and drummer Gerald Cleaver, Perelman called bassist William Parker because one of the artists was late for the studio session, although everyone showed up; hence, the quartet format. Perelman's mammoth sax manifestations prevail as one would anticipate. Featuring the lone extended piece “Serendipity," the quartet operates within a caravan of whirlwind improvisational activities and gradually shifting tides. The saxophonist's bristling plaintive cries instigate the nonstop momentum, other than some introspective interludes, intermittently ...

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Ivo Perelman / Matthew Shipp / William Parker / Gerald Cleaver: Serendipity

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Currently in the midst of an unprecedented mid-career renaissance, wildly prolific tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman has been recording for Leo Records at a frantic pace, typically issuing several new albums at a time. Released concurrently with The Edge and The Art of the Duet, Volume One is Serendipity, a title that bears out its namesake. Taped in the winter of 2011 during what was originally intended to be the session for The Foreign Legion, a bass-less trio date with Perelman's regular collaborators pianist Matthew Shipp and drummer Gerald Cleaver, this unplanned quartet effort with legendary bassist William Parker is a ...



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