Matthew Shipp – A Splendidly Many-Sided Pianist 

Source: The Arts Fuse.

What these three sessions have in common is the presence of Matthew Shipp, a (usually) avant-garde pianist whose galvanic work as a soloist and leader of a trio has recently been praised in these pages. Here he is presented in earnest conversation as a sideman in small groups led by three saxophonists, all frequent collaborators with the pianist. They all play distinctively different versions of free jazz. With adroit ease, Shipp fits the style of each leader. It’s a remarkable achievement for the pianist and for each of the groups represented here.