Is Avant-Jazz Pianist Matthew Shipp His Own Worst Enemy?

Spinner some of Shipp’s more controversial moments.

The flip side of this confrontational approach is that Matthew Shipp is one of the most talented players of this era. Closing in on 50, he has released a string of dazzling solo and small-group recordings that range sonically from acoustic to electronic remix. His mix of complex improvisation and melody gets easy comparisons to avant-garde pianist Cecil Taylor, but, really, the two don’t have a whole lot in common. He also participated in (for 16 years) and subsequently broke up the David S. Ware Quartet, which has been hailed many times as one of the great quartets of our time. Shipp has also mentored younger or less-known artists by releasing their albums through his Blue Series on Thirsty Ear records and provided a home for other established artists who need to put out records.

Additionally, he was also interviewed recently.

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All About Jazz Reviews

Cover of "Sensible Shoes"
Cover of Sensible Shoes

From All About Jazz:

Charles Tyler Ensemble
Charles Tyler Ensemble (ESP Disk)
Reviewed by Jerry D’Souza

Sex Mob
Sexmob Meets Medeski live in Willisau 2006 (Thirsty Ear Recordings)
Reviewed by Brandt Reiter

Jon Hassell
Last night the moon came dropping its clothes in the street (ECM Records)
Reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Carlos Zingaro
Spectrum (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Stuart Broomer

Revolutionary Ensemble
Revolutionary Ensemble: Vietnam and Beyond the Boundary of Time
Reviewed by Clifford Allen

Jason Lindner
Now Vs. Now (Anzic Records)
Reviewed by Lyn Horton

Multiple Artists
Leo Records 30th Anniversary
Reviewed by Martin Longley

Tyshawn Sorey
Tyshawn Sorey: Koan, The Winding Shell & Labyrinth
Reviewed by Wilbur MacKenzie

Multiple Artists
Solo Saxophones: Roscoe Mitchell, Paul Flaherty & John Butcher
Reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

Multiple Artists
Large Ensembles: John Hollenbeck & Nicholas Urie
Reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

Joey Baron
Joey Baron: Heaven on Earth, Stolas & Dream Dance
Reviewed by George Kanzler

Multiple Artists
Globe Unity: Japan
Reviewed by Tom Greenland

Nate Wooley
Transit: Quadrologues & Nate Wooley: The Seven Storey Mountain
Reviewed by Clifford Allen

Chris Speed
Three with Chris Speed/Skirl Records: Big Choantza; Smell The Difference; Esopus Opus
Reviewed by Sean Patrick Fitzell

Mike Reed’s People, Places & Things
About Us (482 Music)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

Chris McGregor
Our Prayer (Fledg’ling Records)
Reviewed by Stuart Broomer

Olaf Rupp / Marino Pliakas / Michael Wertmuller
Too Much Is Not Enough (FMP Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

Brian Groder
Groder & Greene (Latham Records)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

Led Bib
Sensible Shoes (Cuneiform Records)
Reviewed by Jerry D’Souza

Aki Takase / Louis Sclavis
Yokohama (Intakt Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

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All About Jazz Reviews

From All About Jazz:

DJ Spooky
The Secret Song (Thirsty Ear Recordings)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

Peter Evans
Nature/Culture (Psi)
Reviewed by John Sharpe

Acoustic Ladyland
Living With A Tiger (Strong And Wrong)
Reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Darius Jones
Man’ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing) (AUM Fidelity)
Reviewed by Lyn Horton

Eugene Lee
equilibrium (Pure Potentiality Records)
Reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Evan Parker
Evan Parker Solo 1975 & 1989
Reviewed by Martin Longley

New Jazz Composers Octet
The Turning Gate (Motema Music)
Reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Fred Frith
Fred Frith: To Sail, To Sail, Pas de Deux & The Big Picture/Still Urban
Reviewed by Marc Medwin

Harris Eisenstadt
Canada Day (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Clifford Allen

Eyal Maoz / Asaf Sirkis
Elementary Dialogues (Ayler Records)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Oliver Lake
Makin’ It (Passin’ Thru Records)
Reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Splinters
Split the Difference (Reel Recordings)
Reviewed by Andrey Henkin

William Parker
William Parker: Live at the Sunset, In Transition, Live at Dunois, Double Sunrise over Neptune
Reviewed by Clifford Allen

Gerry Hemingway
Gerry Hemingway Twofer: Less is More & Demon Chaser
Reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

Multiple Artists
Globe Unity: Denmark
Reviewed by Tom Greenland

The Fonda/Stevens Group
Memphis (Playscape Recordings)
Reviewed by John Sharpe

Upsilon Acrux
Radian Futura (Cuneiform Records)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

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Mary Halvorson And Jessica Pavone On Tour

From Improvised Communications:

Next week, Mary Halvorson and Jessica Pavone will tour the East Coast in support of their recently released third recording, Thin Air (Thirsty Ear).

04/15: Slainte (Portland, ME)
04/16: The Lily Pad (Cambridge, MA)
04/17: The Buoy (Kittery, ME)
04/18: National Spiritual Alliance Hall (Amherst, MA)
04/19: The Third Degree (Asbury Park, NJ)

The duo will also perform this Saturday, April 11th as part of the Skirl Records party at The Bell House in Brooklyn.

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All About Jazz Reviews

From All About Jazz:

28-Mar-09 Okkyung Lee / Peter Evans / Steve Beresford
Check for Monsters (Emanem)
Reviewed by John Eyles

28-Mar-09 Han Bennink / Michiel Borstlap / Ernst Glerum
Monk (Gramercy Park Music)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

27-Mar-09 Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone
Thin Air (Thirsty Ear Recordings)
Reviewed by Farrell Lowe

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Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone’s Thin Air Released

From Improvised Communications:

Thin Air, the third recording from the duo of guitarist Mary Halvorson and violist Jessica Pavone, is out on Thirsty Ear Recordings’ The Blue Series, curated by Matthew Shipp.

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Dusted Reviews

From Dusted:

Artist: Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone
Album: Thin Air
Label: Thirsty Ear
Review date: Mar. 18, 2009
Artist: Tetuzi Akiyama Kevin Corcoran Christian Kiefer
Album: Low Cloud Means Death
Label: Digitalis
Review date: Mar. 17, 2009

Artist: Loren Connors & Jim O’Rourke
Album: Two Nice Catholic Boys
Label: Family Vineyard
Review date: Mar. 12, 2009

Artist: Six Organs of Admittance
Album: RTZ
Label: Drag City
Review date: Mar. 11, 2009

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All About Jazz Reviews

Cover of "For All I Care"
Cover of For All I Care

From All About Jazz:

22-Feb-09 Nels Cline
Coward (Cryptogramophone)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

22-Feb-09 The Bad Plus with Wendy Lewis
For All I Care (Heads Up International)
Reviewed by Matt Marshall

22-Feb-09 Lotte Anker / Sylvie Courvoisier / Ikue Mori
Alien Huddle (Intakt Records)
Reviewed by Ted Gordon

22-Feb-09 Matthew Shipp Trio
Harmonic Disorder (Thirsty Ear Recordings)
Reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

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