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Music, Reviewed Matthew Shipp

Matthew Shipp

In a surprising departure from his groove-deep, electro-acoustic explorations of the past few years as the head of Thirsty Ear's "The Blue Series," forward-jazz vet Matthew Shipp channels his kaleidoscopic vision into a dozen concise, mesmerizing pieces for solo piano…
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Formed in 1987, Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 was one of this city's brightest lights during the early '90s indie-rock explosion. The quintet's performances of weird and wonderful guitar-centric compositions were often transcendent and always fun. With members now dispersed…
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Music, Reviewed Matthew Shipp

Matthew Shipp

English poet W.H. Auden once observed that "the most exciting rhythms seem unexpected and complex, the most beautiful melodies simple and inevitable." Pianist Matthew Shipp has made a career out of reconciling these two elements. One of the most prolific…
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Space Is the Place

Matthew Shipp is widely regarded by broad-minded critics as the most innovative jazz pianist to come along since boundary-buster Cecil Taylor in the 1960s. As an improviser and a composer, Shipp employs both silence and sound as a springboard for…
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The name Cecil Taylor is synonymous with the concept of avant-garde jazz piano. One of the few genuine living legends of the art form, Taylor has vigorously blazed a path of innovation for more than four decades by combining fist-over-fist…
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Matthew Shipp & William Parker Sometimes Matthew Shipp sees the piano as a spaceship, an enigmatic vehicle for transporting both player and listener to unfamiliar galaxies. William Parker often views the strings of his contrabass as bands of light, the…
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