All About Jazz

Home » Articles » Live Reviews

10

Shipp / Lowe / Baker / Ray at Le Poisson Rouge

Karl Ackermann By

Sign in to view read count

The Show

Shipp/Lowe/Baker/Ray performed four spontaneously improvised and untitled pieces over the course of approximately ninety minutes. With the exception of Lowe's introductions of the members, the music was uninterrupted. Ray opened the set with a bass solo before the rest of the group jumped in, quickly ratcheting up the intensity. About twenty minutes in, the quartet settled down to some gentler solo time, the group rejoinder momentarily taking on an ethereal air. Baker's brilliant solo began the second piece and the overall feeling was loose and free. Lowe's saxophone alternated between viscous and subtle and Shipp alternated nuance with thundering grooves and scorching improvisations. Ray again led in the third number, this time with a beautiful extended solo on a piece that had him alternating between plucking and the bow. The closer features Lowe's brief initial solo which morphed into a duet with Shipp. Here, Baker demonstrated that no part of the drum kit is off limits as he tapped, rapped and turned loose waves of sound.

There is not a method that this quartet hasn't long mastered but technique did not overshadow musicality in this show. While there were moments of obsidian forcefulness, these were welcome as a balance to some amazingly sophisticated and measured free improvisation. These accomplished and imaginative musicians have not been working together for long (in Baker's case, not at all) so it is a testament to their understanding of subtleties and their overall musical experience that made this Le Poisson Rouge performance a remarkable outing. The group—presumably with Cleaver on drums—is likely to offer some recorded music in the future. Let's hope that is the case.

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop Music & Tickets

Click any of the store links below and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Thesis

Thesis

Matthew Shipp
Duos With Mat Maneri & Joe...

4D

4D

Matthew Shipp
4D

CD/LP/Track Review
Live Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Sonic Fiction

Sonic Fiction

ESP Disk
2018

buy
Symbol Systems

Symbol Systems

Hatology
2018

buy
Zero

Zero

ESP Disk
2018

buy
Magnetism(s)

Magnetism(s)

Rogue Art
2017

buy

Related Articles

Read Enjoy Jazz 2018 Live Reviews
Enjoy Jazz 2018
by Henning Bolte
Published: November 14, 2018
Read Jazz for all Ages Live Reviews
Jazz for all Ages
by Martin McFie
Published: November 14, 2018
Read Baku Jazz Festival 2018 Live Reviews
Baku Jazz Festival 2018
by Ian Patterson
Published: November 13, 2018
Read Joanna Pascale at Chris' Jazz Cafe Live Reviews
Joanna Pascale at Chris' Jazz Cafe
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: November 13, 2018
Read Moldejazz 2018 Live Reviews
Moldejazz 2018
by Martin Longley
Published: November 10, 2018
Read Nik Bärtsch's Ronin At The Bop Stop Live Reviews
Nik Bärtsch's Ronin At The Bop Stop
by Matt Hooke
Published: November 10, 2018
Read "The NJE at Indo, Whitechapel" Live Reviews The NJE at Indo, Whitechapel
by Gareth Thompson
Published: February 5, 2018
Read "Jazztopad Festival 2017" Live Reviews Jazztopad Festival 2017
by Henning Bolte
Published: December 13, 2017
Read "Trish Clowes at Mermaid Arts Centre" Live Reviews Trish Clowes at Mermaid Arts Centre
by Ian Patterson
Published: February 17, 2018
Read "Mark Hagan's Jazz Salon At The Old 76 House" Live Reviews Mark Hagan's Jazz Salon At The Old 76 House
by David A. Orthmann
Published: January 31, 2018
Read "Papanosh in a Finnish Forest" Live Reviews Papanosh in a Finnish Forest
by Anthony Shaw
Published: August 8, 2018
Read "Lee Konitz 90th Birthday Celebration at Regatta Bar" Live Reviews Lee Konitz 90th Birthday Celebration at Regatta Bar
by Steve Provizer
Published: February 13, 2018