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Matthew Shipp: the jazz pianist still messing with our minds


Matthew Shipp
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For a while, Shipp junked the whole jazz format and such albums as Equilbrium and Antipop Consortium vs Matthew Shipp unpicked the processes of DJ Culture and funk from the vantage point of his steely improviser’s gaze. Since then Shipp has reintegrated the lessons of those records into his work as a solo and group improviser, his elastic rhythms and coat of many melodic colours re-energised by thinking beyond the acoustic box. Typically, when Shipp begins his three-day residency at Café Oto tonight, he’ll be playing with British free improviser John Butcher and German synth improviser Thomas Lehn – musicians for whom jazz represents a marginal creative interest.