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Sorcerer Sessions by Matthew Shipp

Pianist/composer Matthew Shipp’s legacy moves into yet another direction with this quasi, classical-atmospheric-jazz-improv outing featuring longtime associate, bass hero William Parker, and others. Thirsty Ear Records, Blue Series has become a viable force within modern jazz circles. And here, it’s partly about off-kilter pairings of classical musicians: Daniel Bernard Roumain (violin) and Evan Ziporyn (clarinets) coalescing with synths and unconventional rhythmic patterns. On this release, Shipp morphs simple melodies, flowing discourses, and freeform excursions with funk/groove segments and EFX-based textures. Many of these works surface as musical snapshots or vignettes. With pieces such as "Mist," the ensemble presents a sense of solstice via a reverberating ostinato, tinted with synth treatments, and sublimely enacted harmonies. It’s a deceptively complex production, although after several spins, the individual songs remain distinctive and relatively cohesive. Hence, an enduring contour instills itself throughout this engagingly produced outing.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Matthew Shipp
  • CD Title: Sorcerer Sessions
  • Genre: Free Jazz / Avante Garde
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: Thirsty Ear
  • Musicians: Gerald Cleaver (drums); FLAM (programming and synthesizer); William Parker (bass); Matthew Shipp (piano and synthesizer); Daniel Bernard Roumain (violin); Evan Ziporyn (clarinet and bass clarinet)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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