Matthew Shipp continues to document his progression as the anti-Marsalis. Eschewing swing for feeling, he leads his fans or is it his cult, down a much different path. His latest installment, recorded January of this year, is his thirty-second in the last eight years. At this pace, he’ll replace David Murray as the album of the month artist. Teamed with his idol, bassist William Parker, Shipp seems most comfortable. Five improvised tracks are sandwiched by two traditional pieces, When Johnny Comes Marching Home and Amazing Grace. I recommend you start listening with the last tack Amazing Grace, Shipp’s straight rendition, almost church-like is indeed beautiful. Parker a master of the arco, churns Shipp through the opening track. Later plucking, coaxing, leading and later following the pianist through the improvisational sketches. A must see live, the duo’s music is challenging on disc. Sometimes noisy, often silent, Shipp keeps the piano tradition of Cecil Taylor and Andrew Hill alive.
Track Listing: When Johnny Comes Marching Home; Cell Sequence; Genetic Alphabet; DNA; Orbit; Mr. Chromosome; Amazing Grace.
Personnel: Matthew Shipp--Piano; William Parker--Bass
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.