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Gabriel Zucker: Weighting

Read "Weighting" reviewed by Troy Dostert

If ever there was a novelist whose work seems ideally suited for musical expression, it would be Rachel Kushner. With phrases that jump off the page with infectious energy and themes that reveal themselves fleetingly and mysteriously, her books swirl with ideas, but always with the unmistakable impression that are deeper truths yet to be found ...

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Matthew Shipp Trio: Signature

Read "Signature" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the period of 2017-2018, the leading avant-garde and free jazz pianist Matthew Shipp performed and recorded in a variety of small group settings. Often, he was paired with reed players such as Allen Lowe, Mat Walerian, Daniel Carter, Roscoe Mitchell and on an astounding dozen albums with Ivo Perelman. But it is in solo piano ...

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Matthew Shipp: Sonic Fiction

Read "Sonic Fiction" reviewed by Don Phipps

Prolific composer and pianist Matthew Shipp demonstrates his craft on Sonic Fiction, an album chock full of bluesy, quirky, sonic landscapes that suggest a late-night visit to a Tom Waits' greasy spoon diner or a starless midnight walk along a creaky fisherman's wharf. Shipp gives his talented cohorts, Mat Walerian on clarinet and sax, Michael Bisio ...

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Matthew Shipp: Zero

Read "Zero" reviewed by Mark Corroto

There has always been a connection between Thelonious Monk and Matthew Shipp, just not in the music they play. Monk, a student of Harlem stride piano, was present at the birth of bebop. Shipp, born in 1960, has always been associated with the avant-garde, free jazz and improvisation. The connection between the two pianists is their ...

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Matthew Shipp Quartet: Sonic Fiction

Read "Sonic Fiction" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The ESP-Disk label simultaneously has released two distinctly different leader dates from Matthew Shipp. Zero is an excellent solo piano album, and here, we have Shipp's namesake quartet on the ten-track Sonic Fiction. The shared deference and camaraderie in this free-spirited outing allows for an appreciation of even the slightest details and distinctions--elements that can easily ...

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Matthew Shipp: Zero

Read "Zero" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Playing improvised solo piano is essentially a conundrum. Where do you start and when does a form emerge? Music begins as sounds and a composition could be the shaping of those sounds, but what about silence and the thing that comes before sound? Avantgarde-composer, John Cage, famously framed the sound of silence on his composition “4'33" ...

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Matthew Shipp: Zero

Read "Zero" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In a recent interview with Jazz Trail's Filipe Freitas, pianist/composer Matthew Shipp talked about returning to his long-standing inquiry into how spontaneous free improvisation develops. His thought process involves “the same metaphysical concepts that have always been what I ask -how things come out of nothing?" Shipp's line of questioning is strikingly close in its relationship ...

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Talibam!: End Game of the Anthropocene

Read "End Game of the Anthropocene" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

New York-based Talibam! returns to ESP-Disk' with an interesting take on environmental matters by declaring, “It is the soundtrack to 2048's despotic nationalism and crumbling international infrastructure, underscoring an eco-mercantilistic tragedy and the desperate plundering of the last pristine landscape on Earth. This inevitable destruction of Antarctica's purity marks the global-environmental endgame of the Anthropocene." On ...

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Matthew Shipp & Mat Walerian Duo/The Uppercut: Live At Okuden

Read "Live At Okuden" reviewed by Matthew Aquiline

Forming a duo in jazz can amount to a daunting task. There's simply no hiding; with arrangements so sparse, possibility is boundless and subtleties are fully exposed. This formless atmosphere requires able musicians who can immerse themselves in their instruments and in turn, feed off each other to eventually flourish on a singular wavelength. The innovators ...

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Toxic: Mat Walerian/Matthew Shipp/William Parker: This Is Beautiful Because We Are Beautiful People

Read "This Is Beautiful Because We Are Beautiful People" reviewed by Matthew Aquiline

Polish multi-instrumentalist Mat Walerian is on the verge of reserving his seat in the pantheon of groundbreaking hornmen who recorded for the late Bernard Stollman's storied ESP-Disk' label. Not as frenetic as Frank Wright, nor as strident as Sonny Simmons, Walerian instead boasts a singular approach that binds Eastern influence and blues sensibility with fluent, legato ...