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.