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Ivo Perelman Quartet: Water Music

Read "Water Music" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Come on a rafting expedition with the Ivo Perelman Quartet. A river excursion is a perfect metaphor for the saxophonist's Water Music. Those familiar with the anomalous and idiosyncratic sounds that emanate from Perelman's saxophone also know he is attuned and reactive to the set and setting of a performance. Just as a trip on a raft is conditioned by the river's flow, gradients, constrictions and any obstacles in its way, the same can be said of Perelman's music.

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Ivo Perelman / Matthew Shipp: Magical Incantation

Read "Magical Incantation" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

If the purest form of communication is music then Magical Incantation--the latest free-form essay to flow from the spirits of free jazz titans sax master Ivo Perelman and piano master Matthew Shipp--could very well be the very definition. No strangers to each other (the two have released nineteen duet recordings, not to mention their prolificacy within smaller and larger ensembles) Perelman and Shipp continue their lifelong conversation with eight shared intimacies which get to the heart of human ...

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Matthew Shipp: New Concepts in Piano Trio Jazz

Read "New Concepts in Piano Trio Jazz" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Jazz fans are much like baseball geeks; they collect facts and statistics. The baseball fan will know a player's numbers such as on base percentage, at bats, home runs and stolen bases, whereas the jazz fan, maybe better said the jazz fanatic, will note recording dates and lineups, titles, releases and recording engineers. The baseball fan will utilize those statistics to predict what a player will do in a clutch situation as in the bottom of the ninth with two ...

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Matthew Shipp Trio: New Concepts in Piano Trio Jazz

Read "New Concepts in Piano Trio Jazz" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Matthew Shipp with bassist Michael Bisio and drummer Newman Taylor Baker, issue their fifth album as the most enduring of Shipp's various trios. New Concepts in Piano Trio Jazz is another vehicle for the pianist/composer in which to express his singular, intricate vision. The perpetual sea-change artist believes that this album is a substantial leap ahead of the highly regarded World Construct (ESP Disk, 2022). At the very least, New Concepts in Piano Trio Jazz allows Shipp to move his ...

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Rich Halley: Fire Within

Read "Fire Within" reviewed by Troy Dostert

The cover and title of Rich Halley's latest, Fire Within, have a menacing edge, alerting us to the incendiary qualities that are always a part of the tenor saxophonist's music. But one of the remarkable things about Halley's output is that it is never one-dimensional; there are abundant nuances and surprises to keep a listener engaged, with plenty of rhythmic fervor and lyricism even amidst the more anarchic moments. And as he is united once again on his third outing ...

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Frode Gjerstad with Matthew Shipp: We Speak

Read "We Speak" reviewed by John Sharpe

While the combination of reedman Frode Gjerstad--the godfather of Norwegian free jazz who dwells about as far from the so-called Nordic sound as you can get--and pianist Matthew Shipp -whose lineage can be traced back through what he terms The Black Mystery School, which takes in Thelonious Monk, Mal Waldron and Randy Weston among others--might seem unlikely, it makes perfect sense when you hear it. From the first piece “About Music" on, it is clear that this pairing is not ...

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Rich Halley: Fire Within

Read "Fire Within" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

The name of free form saxophonist and raconteur Rich Halley may not roll off the tongue or be a secret G7 password, but he sure kicks up a lot of dust. Put him in the same room as piano slaying Matthew Shipp, bassist Michael Bisio, and drummer Newman Taylor Baker and rest assured all hell will break loose. And when all hell breaks loose it sounds hydrogen-charged and animated like Fire Within--a runaround Hail Mary with a post-rock punch and ...


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