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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: 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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Carolyn Hume & Paul May: Zero

Read "Zero" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The initial press release states that keyboardist Carolyn Hume and drummer Paul May are “two young improvisers” - and that’s about it. And while this somewhat laid back and mood evoking release titled, Zero might represent an unusual twist for the normally free-spirited and modern jazz/improv based “Leo Records” label, the musicians do indeed improvise yet ...

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Greg Osby: Zero

Read "Zero" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

“Zero” represents Greg Osby’s 3rd release for Blue Note records and perhaps his finest recording to date. Osby’s inaugural Blue Note release “Art Forum” sported a 360-degree turn for this artist. Having been a long time collaborator with Steve Coleman and Cassandra Wilson in the “Mbase” days, Osby subsequently turned his creative juices towards Hip-Hop and ...