Culture Catch Names Matthew Shipp Jazz Artist of the Year

From Dusty Wright’s Culture Catch:

Last year I started anointing a Jazz Artist of the Year after a spurt of six Ivo Perelman albums that would have dominated my best-of list if not set apart. I’ve done it again because once again there was an artist so prolific AND so good that he was again worth noting separately. Though pianist Matthew Shipp only released one album as a leader in 2013, he was a prolific collaborator, especially with Perelman. And it has been many years since Shipp was a ‘sideman’; he is an equal on these projects.

Several of Shipp’s latest releases are reviewed.


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NYC Winter Jazzfest Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

English: Darcy James Argue, moers festival 2009
Darcy James Argue




Here’s what you could have heard at around 6:45 on Saturday evening, during the earliest shift of that day’s programming for the 10th annual NYC Winter Jazzfest: Extravagantly detailed large-canvas compositions, courtesy of Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society. A deep meld of Afro-Cuban music and modern jazz by Michele Rosewoman’s New Yor-Uba. Acoustic folk singing emulsified into a satiny blend by Tillery. Complex rhythmic calculus refashioned into body blows, by the guitarist Miles Okazaki or by one of two dynamic young drummers, Mark Guiliana and Ted Poor.


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