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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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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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Ivo Perelman: Serendipity

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Back in the day, when a 12-inch LP was limited to about 20 minutes of music per side, an engineer would have had to carefully edit a recording such as the 45-minute long improvisation heard on Serendipity.That certainly is an unacceptable proposition for the quartet assembled by tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman.His intensely productive period of recording in 2011 is still bearing fruit. This session with pianist Matthew Shipp, bassist William Parker, and drummer Gerald Cleaver took place in November of that year, the same month as Family Ties (Leo Records, 2012) with Joe Morris and Cleaver. ...

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Ivo Perelman/ Matthew Shipp/ Michael Bisio/ Whit Dickey: The Edge

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Saxophonist Ivo Perelman's association with Pianist Matthew Shipp's trio is completed with The Edge. He has recorded in varying combinations with the players: a duo with Shipp--The Art Of The Duet, Vol. 1 (Leo Records, 2013), a trio with Ship and bassist Michael Bisio--The Gift (Leo Records, 2012) and a duo with Shipp and drummer Whit Dickey--The Clairvoyant (Leo Records, 2012). Here the saxophonist and Shipp's trio perfect a recording, not as trio plus guest, nor Perelman backed by a trio, but as an accomplished quartet.These nine improvisations are easily mistaken for composed music. The four players gel ...

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Ivo Perelman / Matthew Shipp / Gerald Cleaver: The Foreign Legion

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Inspired by the intuitive chemistry of his stunning new quartet with pianist Matthew Shipp, bassist Joe Morris and drummer Gerald Cleaver, Brazilian tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman is in the midst of a prolific mid-career renaissance. After a successful tour supporting The Hour of the Star, the group's remarkable 2011 debut for Leo Records, Perelman decided to explore his relationship with each member of the unit in more intimate settings.The Foreign Legion is the second chapter in the series, following Family Ties, which was issued earlier this year by Leo Records. The aforementioned release featured Morris and Cleaver working ...

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Ivo Perelman with Sirius String Quartet: The Passion According to G.H.

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At times, it seems difficult to fathom that Brazilian saxophone titan Ivo Perelman's collaboration with the Sirius String Quartet is totally improvised. And while improvisation is a principle component of the saxophonist's extensive and variegated discography, an unusually high synergistic force amid the artists' underlying tenacity offers a template for success. As the album comprises intense, avant-garde dialogues subsided by temperate or investigative flows, the string quartet often mimics Perelman's commanding, tremolo-tinged dialogues and brutish flurries. “Part 4," opens with Perelman's burly attack, designed with wily phrasings and supple, soul-searching notes. He establishes a paradigm from the onset, ...

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Ivo Perelman / Joe Morris / Gerald Cleaver: Family Ties

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Family Ties is São Paulo-born saxophonist Ivo Perelman's sixteenth release for Leo Records and the sixth named after one of Brazilian novelist Clarice Lispector's intense psychological works of fiction. Each of the record's six pieces is similarly titled after a short story from the aforementioned collection, yet the album's designation offers a broader, more salient interpretation when considering the deep rapport shared between Perelman and his current sidemen.2011's The Hour of the Star (Leo Records) presented the debut of Perelman's powerful all-star quartet with pianist Matthew Shipp, upright bassist Joe Morris and drummer Gerald Cleaver. As the first ...

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Ivo Perelman / Joe Morris / Gerald Cleaver: Family Ties

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Her boyfriend might have left Janis Joplin with nothing, as she asserts in her classic version of Kris Kristofferson's “Me and Bobby McGee," but Ivo Perelman refutes Joplin's claim that “freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose" on Family Ties.The Brazilian saxophonist has returned to recording with a deluge of releases, this outpouring being inspired by his latest quartet, three-quarters of which are represented here. Missing is pianist Matthew Shipp, who is heard on the The Hour Of The Star (Leo Records, 2011).In many ways though, this remains a quartet record, as Shipp's presence ...

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Ivo Perelman Quartet: The Hour of the Star

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With his newly formed quartet, Brazilian tenor sax titan and visual artist Ivo Perelman effectively synchronizes the freer aspects of improvisation with bop, and harmonious patterns. And the musicians' synergy offers an underlying constant within the copious slants and contrasts presented throughout. The musicians kick off the festivities with “A Tearful Tale, where pianist Matthew Shipp lays out a circular and swirling platform atop the rhythm section's flourishing developments. Elsewhere on the album the players design perpetual motion type storylines for Perelman's robust choruses amid his commanding presence and cosmic bursts. The saxophonist shifts the tide a bit ...

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Ivo Perelman & Dominic Duval: Nowhere To Hide and Mind Games

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Ivo Perelman & Dominic Duval Nowhere To Hide Not Two 2009 Ivo Perelman Trio Mind Games Leo Records 2009

While Brazilian saxophonist Ivo Perelman and bassist Dominic Duval might not pass as twins, they are clearly soulmates. Perelman first made waves over 20 years ago among a flush of free jazz saxophonists that included Charles Gayle and David S. Ware. Now with some 30 releases to his credit, Perelman's fluent impassioned ...



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