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Matthew Shipp Trio: To Duke

Matthew Shipp has tackled standards before. The thunderous, iconoclastic pianist has for years pounded out the likes of “Autumn Leaves,” “Summertime” and “Tenderly,” as well as some of Duke Ellington’s songs, beating them so that they conform to his own aggressive conventions. Now he has devoted an entire album to jazz’s greatest composer. Performed with … Read More “Matthew Shipp Trio: To Duke”

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Matthew Shipp Trio: Root of Things

Less than a year after the strong solo disc Piano Sutras, Matthew Shipp returns with his faithful trio mates (bassist Michael Bisio, drummer Whit Dickey) for another solid release. While the pianist has maintained a steadily prolific output for nearly two decades, his compositions-or points of departure-assure that he isn’t merely churning out variations of … Read More “Matthew Shipp Trio: Root of Things”

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Matthew Shipp Trio: Elastic Aspects

Matthew Shipp cranks albums out with such regularity that to call him prolific would be something of an understatement. Yet the more recent batch of releases attributed to the pianist (in addition to extracurricular sessions) chronicles a progression in his playing rather than merely presenting variations on what has come before. Bassist Michael Bisio and … Read More “Matthew Shipp Trio: Elastic Aspects”

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