Is it hip-hop or is it jazz? A revolutionary new ideal or a sound versed in tradition? Antipop vs. Matthew Shipp is a radical union between New York City's finest avant-garde hip-hop trio and free jazz's most important young pianist - and it's better than anything those phonies from Philly have put out in a decade.
Antipop , Shipp's second collaborative release in as many months, sees the pianist joined by what is becoming his regular rhythm section: William Parker, Guillermo Brown and Khan Jamal. Those four plus trumpeter Daniel Carter, along with Antipop Consortium emcees High Priest, Beans and M. Sayyid, bring a fresh perspective on the genres they're representing. It's the sort of thing not heard since Bitches Brew and On The Corner.
Shipp's playing on these music battles show the influence that percussive piano players like Cecil Taylor and Thelonious Monk have had on his sound. In addition to the dueling drum beats laid down by Brown and APC, Shipp is often heard banging beats out on his piano, cafeteria-table style, adding to the overall barrage of rhythm that vibrates through the new record. To compliment all this, Parker's bass playing is funkier than ever and his interplay with Guillermo Brown is just about on par with the bassist's many pairing with free drummer Hamid Drake.
Call it what you will - neo-fusion, abstract funk or illbient jazz - but Antipop vs. Matthew Shipp is the sort of stuff Miles Davis could get up for: jazz and hip-hop for the laptop generation.
Track Listing: 1. places i've never been 2. staph 3. slow horn 4. a knot in your bop 5. svp 6. coda 7. stream light 8.
monstro city 9. real is surreal 10. free hop
Personnel: Anti Pop Consortium, emcees; Matthew Shipp, piano; William Parker, bass; Guillermo Brown,
drums; Khan Jamal, vibes; Daniel Carter, trumpet
I met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr
I met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr. Garner, I love playing the piano... is there any advice you could give me?'' He hesitated, then looked back at me and said, Keep playin' and don't stop!'' That was great advice because at 60 years old, I'm still playin' and haven't stopped!