Matthew Shipp Interview

Source: Observer.

Since the early 1990s, piano maestro Matthew Shipp has been a chief linchpin of the avant-garde jazz underground, producing a monolithic catalog that has pioneered—and polarized—the jazz lexicon.

The East Village fixture (he’s been living downtown since the mid-’80s), alongside bassist/composer William Parker and the late, great saxophonist David S. Ware, formed a godlike trifecta of jazz giants who will forever remain pillars of the avant scene.

While Parker remains as productive as ever in his sixth decade and change, his pal Shipp is calling it quits—recording-wise that is. After soul-searching discussions with Thirsty Ear Records owner Peter Gordon, Shipp decided the just-released Piano Song would be his swan song.

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