Matthew Shipp


10/24/08
Matthew Shipp Solo

Tenth Annual Enjoy Jazz Festival

Pure and visionary is one way to describe Matthew Shipp’s energy.

Born in 1960 Matthew Shipp crosses the border between jazz and hip hop in an extremely productive and stringent way.

He combines or rather confronts the energy of free jazz with the tiny rhythm particles of experimental hip hop without hiding his love for the European Modern Age. In the jazz scene he made his name as the pianist of the David S. Ware Quartet. Solo he is constantly developing new structures, mixing moments of Bud Powell or Thelonius Monk turning it all inside out and to everyone’s surprise ending up in three chords of ”Summertime“.

He masters the creative task of building up explosive tension through improvisation raising the excitement about the conventional beauty of those shorter pieces even more so. Against the traditionalist Zeitgeist Shipp held on to the ethos and achievements of free jazz, which made him one of most important representatives and creative director amongst the adventurous New York ”Thirsty Ear“ label.

Due to his persistence and his immense creativity Shipp advanced to become the new star and declared ambassador of the future of the avant-garde piano.

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