Source: Village Voice.
Matthew Shipp, the prolific free-jazz pianist, orders a cup of coffee (milk, no sugar) at an unremarkable café on Avenue A, around the corner from where he’s lived since forever. The late-December morning is gray, rainy, and melancholy, but Shipp wants to share some news that appears to delight him. He will, he says, stop recording.
Seriously. Piano Song, out January 27, will be his last album, and one of his finest, for Thirsty Ear Recordings, where he’s been the anchor artist and curator for the long-running Blue Series. He will then finish “a few things” for ESP-Disk and RogueArt, the French label, “and basically, that’s going to be it. I’m going to stop.”