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William Parker and Matthew Shipp are a bass and piano pairing working at the heart of New York’s creative music community.

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Since his emergence on the New York scene in 1972 bassist William Parker has developed meaningful musical relationships with everybody who’s anybody in free music including Cecil Taylor, Bill Dixon, John Zorn , Derek Bailey and Peter Brotzmann.

Described by New York’s Village voice as "the most consistently brilliant free jazz bassist of all time", Parker has both the experience and imagination to shine in almost any setting.

His partnership with pianist Matthew Shipp (pictured) began in the late 80s. Parker claims to have immediately recognised the fact that Shipp was a young musician who was “vibrating at a higher level”.

A period of intense playing confirmed Parkers' initial assessment and they’ ve worked together regularly ever since. Currently, Parker is a member of Shipp’s String Trio and both are crucial to the work of saxophonist David S Ware.

Parker and Shipp were in London in June for Robert Wyatt’s Meltdown festival and naturally enough we grabbed the chance to record them in session.

Think late night, think Kingston, think improvisation in its purest form...

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