More than a band, the Matthew Shipp Trio is a time-bending transport to spaces uncannily familiar and recognizably unknown.
Taking the measure of Matthew Shipp’s influence on 21st century jazz requires a multidimensional model. One of the most intrepid pianists and musical thinkers on the scene, he’s an exceptionally dynamic improviser, commanding bandleader, insistently inventive composer, and essential conduit for new sounds as artistic director of Thirsty Ear’s acclaimed Blue Series imprint.
He first gained widespread attention in the powerhouse quartet of protean tenor saxophone David S. Ware, while also recording memorable sessions with free jazz explorers Roscoe Mitchell and Ivo Perlman. As a leader he’s made some 50 albums under his own name, and his recent Thirsty Ear album Piano Song is an arrestingly beautiful project featuring his trio with longtime bassist Michael Bisioand and drummer Newman Taylor Baker. While often associated with free jazz, Shipp is far too capacious for any one school or aesthetic. His famously percussive attack is evident on Piano Song, but so is his rhapsodic lyricism, his love of open space, and his deep and abidingly personal reflections on jazz’s eternal dialogue between its storied past and searching future.
Matthew Shipp piano
Michael Bisio bass
Newman Taylor-Baker drums