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Jungle: Mat Walerian/Matthew Shipp/Hamid Drake: Live at Okuden

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Pianist Matthew Shipp and drummer Hamid Drake are among the greatest musicians ever to play avant-garde jazz. Mat Walerian, on the other hand, is almost a complete unknown, having only one other widely distributed album-a duo with Shipp-to his name. But the Polish reedsman, who was 28 when this trio calling itself Jungle recorded Live at Okuden in 2012, fits in perfectly with his mentors.

Walerian-who switches among alto saxophone, bass clarinet, soprano clarinet and flute-is alternately introspective and fiery, and the passion of Jungle at times recalls David S. Ware’s groups. (Shipp and Drake, of course, performed with Ware, and even though Jungle lacks a bass, Ware’s bassist William Parker does have a role here, as the author of the liner notes.)

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