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Live Review: 2018 Chicago Jazz Festival

Nicole Mitchell’s Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds, which her Black Earth Ensemble performed at the Pritzker Pavilion on the first day of the 2018 Chicago Jazz Festival, is a visionary Afrofuturistic fable of new beauty arising from old—“merging,” as Mitchell has said, “the chalice with the blade, the urban with the earth-focused, the electronic/electric with … Read More “Live Review: 2018 Chicago Jazz Festival”

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Daniel Carter/William Parker/Matthew Shipp: Seraphic Light (AUM Fidelity)

This is a live recording of a concert that woodwind/brass virtuoso Daniel Carter, bassist William Parker, and pianist Matthew Shipp gave at Tufts University in April of 2017. It was the culminating event of a program titled “Art, Race, and Politics in America,” which also included a screening of filmmaker Edward O. Bland’s 1959 documentary … Read More “Daniel Carter/William Parker/Matthew Shipp: Seraphic Light (AUM Fidelity)”

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Matthew Shipp: Zero (ESP-Disk’)/Matthew Shipp Quartet: Sonic Fiction (ESP-Disk’)

ESP-Disk’ epitomized the underground culture of the 1960s by introducing the world to the free jazz of Albert Ayler and Sonny Simmons, to name only two, and by providing a platform for experimental rockers the Fugs and a plethora of other artists who may or may not have been ready for primetime. The imprint continues … Read More “Matthew Shipp: Zero (ESP-Disk’)/Matthew Shipp Quartet: Sonic Fiction (ESP-Disk’)”

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

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 … Read More “Jungle: Mat Walerian/Matthew Shipp/Hamid Drake: Live at Okuden”

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Matthew Shipp: Piano Sutras

Matthew Shipp kicked up an Internet fuss recently with a dismissive Talkhouse review of Keith Jarrett’s trio album Somewhere. Reflecting on Jarrett’s solo piano recordings of the 1970s, Shipp wrote, “He never seemed to me to have sculpted a specific language system, but instead seemed like someone who had a lot of piano chops and … Read More “Matthew Shipp: Piano Sutras”

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