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Matthew Shipp was born December 7, 1960 in Wilmington, Delaware. He started piano at 5 years old with the regular piano lessons most kids have experienced. He fell in love with jazz at 12 years old. After moving to New York in 1984 he quickly became one of the leading lights in the New York jazz scene. He was a sideman in the David S. Ware quartet and also for Roscoe Mitchell's Note Factory before making the decision to concentrate on his own music.

Mr Shipp has reached the holy grail of jazz in that he possesses a unique style on his instrument that is all of his own- and he's one of the few in jazz that can say so.

Mr. Shipp has recorded a lot of albums with many labels but his two most enduring relationships have been with two labels. In the 1990s he recorded a number of chamber jazz albums with Hatology, a group of recordings that charted a new course for jazz that, to this day, the jazz world has not realized. In the 2000s Mr Shipp has been curator and director of the label Thirsty Ear's "Blue Series" and has also recorded for them. In this collection of recordings he has generated a whole body of work that is visionary, far reaching and many faceted.

Matthew Shipp is truly one of the leading lights of a new generation of jazz giants.

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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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Matthew Shipp & Mark Helias: The New Syntax

Read "The New Syntax" reviewed by John Sharpe


Pianist Matthew Shipp particularly favors the duo format. Among a discography of more than 300 entries are winning combinations with partners as varied as trumpeter Nate Wooley, violist Mat Maneri, and saxophonists Darius Jones, Rob Brown and Evan Parker. But he retains a special fondness for the bass/piano twosome, accounting for multiple meetings with longtime comrade William Parker and the current occupant of the bass chair in his trio, Michael Bisio. To that illustrious roster can also be added his ...

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Matthew Shipp Trio: Circular Temple

Read "Circular Temple" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


On a good day it is strenuous to stay current with pianist Matthew Shipp's imposing and voluminous output. On an even better day it is a fool's hardy errand to say the least. Now with the planned re-issuing of some of his great early deconstructions of musical thought and theory, starting here with 1990's daringly incongruous yet hypnotically accessible, Circular Temple, keeping up just got a whole lot harder. With William Parker on bass and Whit Dickey on ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Matthew Shipp

Jazz Musician of the Day: Matthew Shipp

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Matthew Shipp's birthday today!

Matthew Shipp was born December 7, 1960 in Wilmington, Delaware. He started piano at 5 years old with the regular piano lessons most kids have experienced. He fell in love with jazz at 12 years old. After moving to New York in 1984 he quickly became one of the leading lights in the New York jazz scene. He was a sideman in the David S. Ware quartet and also for Roscoe ...

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Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Matthew Shipp

Jazz Musician of the Day: Matthew Shipp

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Matthew Shipp's birthday today!

Matthew Shipp was born December 7, 1960 in Wilmington, Delaware. He started piano at 5 years old with the regular piano lessons most kids have experienced. He fell in love with jazz at 12 years old. After moving to New York in 1984 he quickly became one of the leading lights in the New York jazz scene. He was a sideman in the David S. Ware quartet and also for Roscoe ...

Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Matthew Shipp

Jazz Musician of the Day: Matthew Shipp

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Matthew Shipp's birthday today!

Matthew Shipp was born December 7, 1960 in Wilmington, Delaware. He started piano at 5 years old with the regular piano lessons most kids have experienced. He fell in love with jazz at 12 years old. After moving to New York in 1984 he quickly became one of the leading lights in the New York jazz scene. He was a sideman in the David S. Ware quartet and also for Roscoe ...

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Recording

Whit Dickey 2-CD 'Morph' with Matthew Shipp and Nate Wooley on ESP-DISK. Pre-Order Now.

Whit Dickey 2-CD 'Morph' with Matthew Shipp and Nate Wooley on ESP-DISK. Pre-Order Now.

Source: All About Jazz

Whit Dickey has been a quiet but brilliant presence on the New York avant-jazz scene since his discographical debut in 1991 on the legendary Matthew Shipp Trio album Circular Temple. In concert and on recordings in groups led by Shipp, David S. Ware, Ivo Perelman, Joe Morris, and Rob Brown, he built a reputation for distinctively space-filled, subtle rhythmic support, even as he was perfectly capable of muscling up when the music called for it. For some of the people ...

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StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Matthew Shipp

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Matthew Shipp

Source: St. Louis Jazz Notes by Dean Minderman

Today, StLJN's video spotlight is focused on pianist Matthew Shipp, who will be performing a solo concert presented by New Music Circle and Washington University on Friday, January 24 at 560 Music Center. Shipp also will present an “artist talk" that will be free and open to the public at 3:00 p.m. that Friday in room 102 of the Music Classroom Building on the Wash U campus. With a distinctive style that defies easy comparisons, Shipp has said he sees ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Matthew Shipp

Jazz Musician of the Day: Matthew Shipp

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Matthew Shipp's birthday today!

Matthew Shipp was born December 7, 1960 in Wilmington, Delaware. He started piano at 5 years old with the regular piano lessons most kids have experienced. He fell in love with jazz at 12 years old. After moving to New York in 1984 he quickly became one of the leading lights in the New York jazz scene. He was a sideman in the David S... Read more.

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Matthew Shipp

Jazz Musician of the Day: Matthew Shipp

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Matthew Shipp's birthday today!

Matthew Shipp was born December 7, 1960 in Wilmington, Delaware. He started piano at 5 years old with the regular piano lessons most kids have experienced. He fell in love with jazz at 12 years old. After moving to New York in 1984 he quickly became one of the leading lights in the New York jazz scene. He was a sideman in the David S... Read more.

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Matthew Shipp

Jazz Musician of the Day: Matthew Shipp

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Matthew Shipp's birthday today!

Matthew Shipp was born December 7, 1960 in Wilmington, Delaware. He started piano at 5 years old with the regular piano lessons most kids have experienced. He fell in love with jazz at 12 years old. After moving to New York in 1984 he quickly became one of the leading lights in the New York jazz scene. He was a sideman in the David S... Read more.

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Whit Dickey / Mat Maneri / Matthew Shipp Album To Be Released March 24 On AUM Fidelity

Whit Dickey / Mat Maneri / Matthew Shipp Album To Be Released March 24 On AUM Fidelity

Source: Steven Joerg

On March 24, AUM Fidelity will release Vessel in Orbit, the first new group music in over a decade from singular drummer-composer Whit Dickey. Created together with the impeccable improvisers Mat Maneri on viola and pianist Matthew Shipp, it is a richly melodic and deeply focused album; structural integrity and emotional resonance are paramount throughout. Each of these men has a lifetime commitment to creative music, and they share a musical relationship with one another that dates back decades. Dickey’s ...

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Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Matthew Shipp

Jazz Musician of the Day: Matthew Shipp

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Matthew Shipp's birthday today!

Matthew Shipp was born December 7, 1960 in Wilmington, Delaware. He started piano at 5 years old with the regular piano lessons most kids have experienced. He fell in love with jazz at 12 years old. After moving to New York in 1984 he quickly became one of the leading lights in the New York jazz scene. He was a sideman in the David S... Read more.

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Soul City Sounds
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Brother Mister Productions
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Mahakala Music
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Palimpsest

From: Pathways
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Thesis

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