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Ivo Perelman / Matthew Shipp: Fruition

Read "Fruition" reviewed by Mark Corroto

After 26 years years of recording in duo together, is it possible now to decode the music of Ivo Perelman and Matthew Shipp? The word “decode" is used here because their efforts, nearly all freely improvised, are a musical language the two musicians have created themselves. Like the Steve Lacy/Mal Waldron duos, their sound together is instantly recognizable. In contrast though, where Lacy and Waldron often began with the familiar music of Thelonious Monk, the Brazilian-born Perelman and the American ...

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Ivo Perelman / Matthew Shipp: Amalgam

Read "Amalgam" reviewed by John Sharpe

Amalgam constitutes the seventeenth disc, spread across ten albums from the near symbiotic union of Brooklyn-based Brazilian tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman and American pianist Matthew Shipp. And that doesn't even touch on Perelman's many trio and quartet dates which include Shipp. So it's fair to say that they know each other's unique styles fairly well by now. Even so each session seems to refine and expose new facets of their interplay. While previously documented encounters like Live In Nuremburg have ...

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Ivo Perelman / Matthew Shipp: Live in Nuremberg

Read "Live in Nuremberg" reviewed by John Sharpe

Even after countless encounters, Brazilian-born, NYC-based saxophonist Ivo Perelman and American pianist Matthew Shipp still find abundant inspiration in each other's company. Unlike the shorter cuts on most of their studio sessions, Live In Nuremburg presents an intense but rewarding unbroken 55-minute concert, with a four-minute encore, captured in crystal-clear fidelity, in the titular German city. It portrays two souls in complete communion with only their intuition to guide them. Unique stylists, instantly identifiable after only a few ...

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Ivo Perelman / Matthew Shipp: Efflorescence Volume 1

Read "Efflorescence Volume 1" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Charles Darwin (1809—1882) might have set in motion, with his Theory of Biological Evolution, the idea that we humans are related to apes, but it was the later explorations into DNA and genetics that proves our basic structures are but a few variations from all other lifeforms on earth. What, you make ask, does this have to do with the duo of Ivo Perelman and Matthew Shipp? Plenty. Please allow a bit of hyperbole here. Let us imagine we are ...

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Ivo Perelman / Matthew Shipp: Oneness

Read "Oneness" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Taking a page from Matthew Shipp's playbook, Ivo Perelman declared the duo's latest release Oneness to be their last. After 2017's The Art Of Perelman--Shipp series and their stellar duo recording Live In Brussels (Leo Records, 2017) release, the pair have crafted nearly three dozen sessions together, including 8 duo recordings. You might have your doubts as to the veracity of that declaration, but judging by this 3-CD box it is the apogee of their collaboration and the culmination of ...

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