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Artist’s Choice: Matthew Shipp on Third Stream Piano

Ran Blake, Paul Bley, Mingus and others paved the way

Matthew Shipp
Charles Mingus

Third Stream was an inevitable movement in jazz. All music is synthesis, including jazz, but it seems like an even more conscious attempt to combine European practices with Afro-American music had to occur sooner or later, hence the Third Stream movement. Whatever one’s take on Third Stream, it generated a lot of interesting plots and subplots and put the information out there that allows a more natural combination of the idioms to occur with improvisers today.


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