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 love jazz because it's sophisticated, international, atmospheric yet free, cool and warm.
I was first exposed to jazz through the sultry voice and flawless swing of my mother.
I met Mark Murphy, David Linx, Kurt Elling, and Youn Sun Nah.
The best show I ever attended was Youn Sun Nah in Paris.
The first jazz record I bought was Native Dancer by Wayne Shorter and Milton Nascimento
My advice to new listeners: open your mind and your ears, forget about structure, feel the textures.
Go see live music and keep buying CDs!