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Shipp String Trio, Matthew
By The Law of Music

Shipp String Trio, Matthew: By The Law of Music (Hatology)
Label: Hatology    
Released in: Switzerland    

"Matthew Shipp's version of jazz is one that accommodates mysticism, and so a conversation about music with him will always yield the word "puzzle". He talks about his work as math, as formula, as metaphysics...By the Law of Music was conceived as a twelve-part suite, or, in the composer's words, a "kinetic grid"... With unnerving slow-motion, Maneri always seems to be leading somewhere, he makes you anticipate the future. Parker, a reactive player, embodies the immediate present by encompassing different worlds of pitch and rhythm into his playing, collapsing registers to access surprising notes. And Shipp is a naturally reflective musician. I have always come away from hearing him remembering the afterglow of chords more than the attack."-Ben Ratliff, from the liner notes

"This reissue is one of a series of five classic albums which Matthew Shipp recorded for hatOLOGY , and it presents the pianist in a superb setting with what he calls his 'String Trio.' Shipp 's compositions show a romantic flair, imbued with a spirit of sophisticated discovery and complex relationships, but what makes them so compelling is the manner in which the trio interprets them, each piece ringing with a sense of completeness. Shipp 's performances, in particular, are orderly constructs that in retrospect take thoroughly improvised logical paths. It is to his credit that the organic nature of the pieces merges the various elements so well, and the performances of William Parker and Mat Maneri are so utterly compatible and compelling. As with almost any artistic invention, the music can be heard on a variety of levels: as chamber jazz , it has a beauty that rewards even the casual listener, while the sophisticated interrelationships give it a great depth and even charm. Ben Ratliffe notes in his detailed liners that ' Shipp 's debt to Bach and 20th century classical composers is obvious,' and he quotes the pianist as saying he does not 'know what jazz is.' Whatever this music is called, the elements of free improvisation, melodic invention, and syncopated rhythms combine to create something of lasting value, evidenced in part by the relative popularity of such seemingly esoteric fare. The final piece by Ellington connects a line that puts Shipp within a tradition that places improvised music outside any pre-conceived modes."-Steven Loewy, All Music Guide

"Matthew Shipp was born December 7, 1960 in Wilmington, Delaware. He started piano at 5 years old with the regular piano lessons most kids have experienced. He fell in love with jazz at 12 years old. After moving to New York in 1984 he quickly became one of the leading lights in the New York jazz scene. He was a sideman in the David S. Ware quartet and also for Roscoe Mitchell's Note Factory before making the decision to concentrate on his own music.

Mr Shipp has reached the holy grail of jazz in that he possesses a unique style on his instrument that is all of his own- and he's one of the few in jazz that can say so. Mr. Shipp has recorded a lot of albums with many labels but his 2 most enduring relationships have been with two labels. In the 1990s he recorded a number of chamber jazz cds with Hatology, a group of cds that charted a new course for jazz that, to this day, the jazz world has not realized. In the 2000s Mr Shipp has been curator and director of the label Thirsty Ear's "Blue Series" and has also recorded for them. In this collection of recordings he has generated a whole body of work that is visionary, far reaching and many faceted."

-Matthew Shipp Website (

"Mat Maneri was born in 1969, and started studying violin at age five. He studied privately with Julliard String Quartet founder Robert Koff, and with bass virutuoso Miroslav Vitous. Mat received a full scholarship as the principal violinist at Walnut Hill High School, but left school to pursue a professional career in music. By 1990, Mat founded the critically acclaimed Joe Maneri Quartet with Randy Peterson. Mat started releasing records as a leader in 1996, and has developed four working ensembles. Pianists Paul Bley, Cecil Taylor, Matthew Shipp, and Borah Bergman have called upon Matt to perform with them in such venues as the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Library of Congress, and concert stages across Europe. Mat also enjoys a strong relationship with bassists Ed Schuller, Mark Dresser, William Parker, Michael Formanek, Barre Phillips, and John Lockwood. Never to be boxed in, Mat has also worked with Joe Morris, John Medeski, Tim Berne, Cecil McBee, T.K. Ramakrishnan, Franz Kogelman, Roy Campbell, Spring Heel Jack, Draze Hoops, and appears on an Illy B Eats remix CD. Mat presently teaches privately and through the New School / NYC, and performs and records worldwide."

-Aum Fidelity (

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Product Information:

UPC: 752156057420

Label: Hatology
Catalog ID: 574
Squidco Product Code: 9861

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2002
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Recorded by Carl Seltzer at Seltzer Sound, NY, NY on August 5, 1996.


Matthew Shipp-piano

Mat Maneri-violin

Wlliiam Parker-acoustic bass

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Track Listing:

1. By the Law of Music 2:51

2. Implicit 6:58

3. Fair Play 5:00

4. Grid 6:45

5. Whole Movement 3:05

6. Game of Control 7:56

7. Point to Point 4:21

8. P X 3:28

9. Grid 5:36

10. Coo 5:05

11. X Z U 4:31

12. Solitude 4:53