Matthew Shipp


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Matthew Shipp Trio, Root of Things

Regardless of the format – solo; with such saxmen as Roscoe Mitchell and David S. Ware; or with his trio of drummer Whit Dickey and Michael Bisio – prolific pianist Matthew Shipp conjures up a brainy brand of jazz. But what sets his work apart from the strict proponents of math-jazz is that Shipp and his bandmates pour their hearts into their playing. It’s passionate stuff – adventurous and often angular, but certainly not inaccessible.


And that comes through loud and clear on Root of Things.

There are a half dozen tunes on the disc, each reflecting moments of eloquence, elegance and experimentation. “Jazz It,” for example, is built on a solid foundation of traditional swing, thanks to Bisio’s walking bass. And that makes it all the more exciting when the threesome reach for the stars and take it all stratospheric. “Path” is Bisio’s showcase, as he takes the lead with a five-minutes-plus unaccompanied bowed bass solo that seamlessly segues into rumbling trio ruminations.

Four years ago, Shipp’s trio dropped into Troy’s Arts Center of the Capital Region for a concert sponsored by the Sanctuary for Independent Media in conjunction with the multi-media art exhibition, “Freedom Through Collective Improvisation: iEAR Presents! Free Jazz from the Sanctuary.” That concert was recorded, and a year later it was released as half of Shipp’s two-disc set Art of the Improviser on Thirsty Ear Records.

And if your ears have been thirsty for more of the forward-thinking but heartfelt music from the terrific triumvirate of Shipp, Bisio and Dickey, just dig into Root of Things and look no further.

Or better yet, enjoy it live… the Matthew Shipp Trio kicks off the spring concert season at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy at 8pm on Saturday. The concert will serves as the CD release celebration in support of the trio’s adventurous new album, Root of Things, as well as the debut of the Sanctuary’s new nine-foot Baldwin grand piano.


If you want to know what's going on, what's really critical in the piano trio zone for the very modern, so-called free jazz, avant garde jazz, whatever name you want to give it, seek no further. Or at least stop for a bit and get your ears into the new one by the Matthew Shipp Trio, Root of Things.

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LIVE: The Matthew Shipp Trio
@ the Sanctuary for Independent Media
Nippertown
New Concert Announcements

Quite the celebration it was! It was the kick-off concert of the Sanctuary for Independent Media’s spring season. And it was the debut of the Sanctuary’s new nine-foot Baldwin grand piano, which was still being unwrapped just hours before the performance.

And who better to inaugurate the 88 than acclaimed jazzman Matthew Shipp and his trio featuring drummer Whit Dickey and Troy native-bass master Michael Bisio. The Sanctuary had sponsored a concert by the trio four years ago at Troy’s Arts Center for the Capital Region, and that concert ended up on Shipp’s Art of the Improviser album a year later.

But this time around they were playing at the Sanctuary, and they were celebrating the release of their new album, Root of Things, with a thought-provoking performance that was both meditative and edgy, adventurous and accessible.

Four years ago, Shipp’s trio dropped into Troy’s Arts Center of the Capital Region for a concert sponsored by the Sanctuary for Independent Media in conjunction with the multi-media art exhibition, “Freedom Through Collective Improvisation: iEAR Presents! Free Jazz from the Sanctuary.” That concert was recorded, and a year later it was released as half of Shipp’s two-disc set Art of the Improviser on Thirsty Ear Records.

And if your ears have been thirsty for more of the forward-thinking but heartfelt music from the terrific triumvirate of Shipp, Bisio and Dickey, just dig into Root of Things and look no further.

Or better yet, enjoy it live… the Matthew Shipp Trio kicks off the spring concert season at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy at 8pm on Saturday. The concert will serves as the CD release celebration in support of the trio’s adventurous new album, Root of Things, as well as the debut of the Sanctuary’s new nine-foot Baldwin grand piano.

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