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Darius Jones/Matthew Shipp: Cosmic Lieder

Borrowing from the idea of romantic song, otherwise known as classical German “lieder,” in Cosmic Lieder, alto sax player Darius Jones and pianist Matthew Shipp come together for their first duet. Jones is the primary voice and story-teller. In the most obvious sense, Shipp accompanies Jones in this recording. But the two combined share a contemporary, engaging, hip sensibility that brings out the best in both of them.

Each up-to-four-minute cut easily translates meaningfully into a song. These pieces are meant to be heard not as the examinations of great musical concepts but rather as expressive windows into a world of changes. In the recording, there seems to be as much lyricism as ‘sturm und drang,’ incongruous to the accepted lied form.

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