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  • Matthew Shipp                
    at the other end of jazz history is finding new ways to rope his trio to the shore even as it sails with great freedom This is an exciting and daring bit of navigation Boston Globe Shipp has had a lot of highlights already in his career but I m going to go out on a limb and say that this disc is his finest yet All About Jazz Brilliant

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  • Matthew Shipp                
    such this new phase of Shipp s career would seem to be even more ambitious and more daring than the years in which he simply went his own way The trio plays the standards unconventionally without exploding them There Will Never Be Another You is delivered at extreme tempo with Shipp s right hand playing the melody freely in the piano s middle range while his left hand tumbles in the lower register The bass and drums play a coherent but free time that swings hard but rough and there is little sense of traditional chordal movement but rather a feeling that the tune s melody is being played by everyone in his own way Prince as you might imagine is taken as a ballad but with a clear statement of chords by Shipp s left hand The rhythm section skitters and bobs but it plays a kind of ornamented time and so when Shipp improvises his own freedom from the usual jazz idioms makes sense Still as the melody returns and it does so more than once it does not feel like a tacked on contrast or an afterthought Playing Valentine or Another You this way it turns out is not wrong but simply a different choice If you want to hear the trio play more like one led by Bill Evans or Elmo Hope actually you have to turn to the original tunes Mr JM a duet feature for Morris and Shipp asks Morris to walk as if he were Tommy Potter or Paul Chambers Using a loose set of blues chord changes Shipp plays quicksilver lines over the bass work Though he employs harmonically ambiguity in creating these improvised statements Shipp plays with logic and a swinging attack The effect is a kind of refraction of tradition

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  • Matthew Shipp                
    serpentine melody turning in on itself This 5 4 gem is like Epistrophy on steroids And like Monk Shipp doesn t just jam on the changes when the melody is over but pursues a holistic vision linking the composed and improvised sections of his piece The meter shifts for the piano solo but Shipp maintains the ambiance with his distinctive phraseology building his solo from fragments of increasing complexity while

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  • Matthew Shipp                
    s abilities as a composer and improviser of the highest order available atAmazon Harmonic Disorder by John Sharpe Following up the excellence of Piano Vortex Thirsty Ear 2007 was always going to be a challenge for pianist Matthew Shipp But with the trio s Harmonic Disorder a slight change of emphasis has avoided the pitfalls of the changing same while retaining the previous set s rhythmic and melodic accessibility Whereas Vortex majored on eight pieces the trio s wares here are spread over 14 tracks with only three cuts breaking the five minute barrier in a program a shade under 55 minutes With so much concentrated into small capsules like musical haikus there is a lot to absorb and much pleasure to be had in doing so Sometime guitarist Joe Morris handles bass duties with aplomb whether walking assertively on the more traditional pieces or wielding his bow masterfully for the atmospheric drone of When the Curtain Falls on the Jazz Theater and the plaintive deep yowls answering Shipp s repeated patterns on Quantum Waves Morris perhaps even garners a tribute on the piano and bass duet of Mr JM which after a garrulous opening resolves into flowing lines before hyper Morse code repetitions draw the piece to a close Drummer Whit Dickey another long time musical associate of Shipp s dating back to their tenure in David S Ware s classic quartet is more unobtrusive apart from his polyrhythmic workout on Zo Number 2 A close ear to his contribution reveals mesmerizing cymbals patterns sizzled throughout this disc With so many pieces the spotlight falls as much on Shipp the composer as on the pianistic fireworks Short piano motifs deployed in a variety of ways are the frequent building blocks Sometimes they develop into jazzy themes such as the rollicking straight ahead charge of the opening GNG or the driving Roe and the knotty Zo Number 2 At other times they provide the superstructure against which others improvise such as the two Mel Chi pieces where the common denominator is a piano motif repeated with minimal variation gruff arco bass sawing to atmospheric effect on the first and scuttling cymbals on the second Elsewhere the motifs act as the catalysts which crystallize the pieces around them as with the two bars of melody at the heart of the title track or the ascending pattern which concludes the fractured blues of Orb But it s not all about Shipp as two standards make the playlist Recent concert favorite Someday My Prince Will Come splices the theme with heavy left hand chords in rippling semi abstraction while There Will Never Be Another You appears as a densely rolling carpet over pulsing free bass and drums All in all a worthy follow up and already a candidate for this year s best of lists available atAmazon Harmonic Disorder by Mark Corroto Like his very good friend and sometimes bassist William Parker pianist Matthew Shipp is well versed in the outer reaches of

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  • Matthew Shipp                
    piano trio format assert themselves but only so far The obvious touchstones in his compositional approach are referenced in the work of two very different players Thelonious Monk whose influence can immediately be heard on the opening track GNG though it is pervasive and to a lesser extent Andrew Hill GNG uses Monk s simple melodic idea for a single repetitive yet somewhat angular line as a method of takeoff Morris has really grown into his role as a bassist and his sense of intuition is as great as his time Shipp pushes his band to actually swing here and the parts come together in a moving finger popping groove This is followed by the pianist s wild reading of There Will Be Another You which is dense and somewhat free but its melodic frame is ever present The other standard here Someday My Prince Will Come is almost a mirror image it begins almost ghostly with minor mode chords asserting themselves and Morris playing in high pizzicato to introduce the theme Shipp hits a couple of larger dense chords and lets the melody begin to assert itself in rounds It arrives and begins to sing and float hovering above the more involved interplay of the trio and then gives way to some freer playing before returning and shimmering through the rhythm section until it disappears altogether The knotty melodic ideas expressed in Mr JM recall 70s and 80s trio sides especially in Shipp s way of playing in the spaces between his melody and around the outside of the rhythm section Orb has a lyric line that comes right out of the blues though it stretches to the breaking point without falling headlong into the improvisational abyss It s not dense at all but spacious and warm despite its

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  • Matthew Shipp                
    is indeed an orderly structure at work navigating Harmonic Disorder is easy Like a novel by Joyce the dense challenging sections are offset by passages of such grace and beauty that they pull the ear through the tough spots Mr JM is bookended by a two part piece called Mel Chi Part 2 which appears first is a simple yet spellbinding repetition of two arpeggios while Part 1 finds Shipp playing a stomp while drummer Whit Dickey a wizard of equal powers to the pianist ticks out a busy rolling hip hop beat Light reveals obstacles and openings simultaneously with weird patterns of high trills and low thunderclaps from Shipp and sublimely loose swing from the rhythm players There s even some humor On There Will Never Be Another You one of two standards on the disc the band does an ironic and dissonant zip through what s traditionally a romantic ballad It s these kinds of subversions that have long associated Shipp with pianistic revolutionaries Thelonious Monk and Cecil Taylor an accurate if somewhat narrow comparison Truthfully Shipp s playing encompasses the history of jazz piano a point which Harmonic Disorder perhaps makes clearer than any of his releases

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  • Matthew Shipp                
    What is interesting is that although there are tow standards the rest of the tunes do have a fine familiar sound The opening piece Gng has a rather Monk like sound with a couple of different lines intersecting at the same time There is something both simple yet captivating about this music that is not so easily explained The title track is an explosive freer piece intense and relatively short There Will Never Be Another You is slow and dreamy and drifts by gracefully as does Someday My Prince Will Come which slowly picks up speed and becomes more cerebral about midway and continues to float until it disappears into the either On most of these pieces Matt Shipp sounds as if he has reinvented his playing to become more restrained and less dense On Mr Jm the drums lay out and both the piano and bass swirl around one another superbly completing each other s lines My favorite piece is called Mel Chi 1 since it has a most haunting and memorable repeating line that you just can t get out of your head once you hear it One of the things that makes this disc unique is the

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  • Matthew Shipp                
    mistaken for straight ahead bop if not for the untraditional chord changes But then the storm clouds immediately descend for a dark take of There Will Never Be Another You which leads to the title track an unsettling ballad in a minor key Shipp is equally adept at composing as improvising but his deconstruction of Someday My Prince Will Come alone is worth the album s price Shipp has had

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