Matthew Shipp

Jazz Setlist,

Oct. 21-27: The Hayes Code Posted by Michael J. West

Washington City Paper

Sunday, Oct. 24 He’s an unapologetic subversive, both at the piano and in the press, which is why Matthew Shipp has so often been grouped with pianistic revolutionaries Thelonious Monk and Cecil Taylor—an accurate, if somewhat narrow, comparison. Truthfully, Shipp’s playing encompasses the history of jazz piano. Hidden in his labyrinthine performances are tendrils of Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner, and other innovators of the eighty-eights. Even a passing listen will tell you that he’s smart; close attention reveals that he’s exponentially smarter. (So do his outspoken and sometimes outrageous statements to reporters—which, whether you agree with them or not, get him a hell of a lot of promotion—but that’s neither here nor there.)

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