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O'Leary / Shipp: Labyrinth (FMR)

Celebrated pianist Matthew Shipp joins Irish guitarist Mark O'Leary to explore the many fields of improvisation each follows, from meditative to intense discourse.

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UPC: 649849983190

Label: FMR
Catalog ID: FRM CD265-0508
Squidco Product Code: 11485

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded in New York January 2002 Acoustic Recording Studio by Michael Brorby.


Matthew Shipp-piano

Mark O'Leary-guitar

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track listing:

1. Four Gardens 5:28

2. Secret Miracle 7:46

3. Mosaic 3:31

4. Aleph 3:51

5. The Flock 5:25

6. House of Asterion 6:22

7. Coptic Night 8:12
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London & UK Free Improvisation Scene
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"Celebrated pianist Matthew Shipp joins Irish guitarist Mark O'Leary for his follow up to his excellent Ellipses release on FMR with a highly successful duo meeting that heralds the Anglo-Argentinian Literary Genius Jorge Luis Borges. One of the main themes in his work was the way a story can evolve in to a complex Labyrinthine narrative, with many tributaries unfolding as the plot develops.

Mark and Matthew explore the many colloquial corridors of improvisation which manifest fromtheir collective lexicons. Meditative, intense, dynamic, even ambient in parts, it is a new discourse in the history of Piano/Guitar duo. Dedicated to the genius of Jorge Luis Borges."-FMR

Artist Biographies:

"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 (

Other Releases With These Artists:
Dunmall / Shipp / Edwards / Sanders
Live in London
Shipp, Matthew
Invisible Touch At Taktlos Zurich
Perelman, Ivo / Matthew Shipp / Gerald Cleaver
The Art Of The Improv Trio Volume 3
Toxic: Mat Walerian / Matthew Shipp / William Parker
This Is Beautiful Because We Are Beautiful People
Dickey, Whit / Mat Maneri / Matthew Shipp
Vessel In Orbit
(Aum Fidelity)
Butcher, John / Thomas Lehn / Matthew Shipp
Perelman, Ivo / Matthew Shipp
Perelman, Ivo / Matthew Shipp / Michael Bisio / Whit Dickey
Jungle: Mat Walerian / Matthew Shipp / Hamid Drake
Live at Okuden [2 CDs]
Perelman, Ivo / Matthew Shipp
Complementary Colors
Perelman, Ivo / Matthew Shipp / Whit Dickey
Butterfly Whispers
Perelman, Ivo / Matthew Shipp
Callas [2 CDs]
Shipp, Matthew Quartet Declared Enemy
Our Lady Of The Flowers
Shipp, Matthew Chamber Ensemble
The Gospel According to Matthew & Michael
(Relative Pitch)
Perelman, Ivo / Matthew Shipp / William Parker
Book Of Sound
Shipp, Matthew Trio
Root Of Things
(Relative Pitch)
Davidson, Scott with Shipp / Shorter / Bisio / Dickey
Perelman, Ivo / Matthew Shipp / Whit Dickey / Gerald Cleaver
Perelman, Ivo / Matthew Shipp / William Parker / Gerald Cleaver
Perelman, Ivo / Matthew Shipp
The Art Of The Duet Volume One
Shipp, Matthew
Greatest Hits
(Thirsty Ear)
Perelman, Ivo / Matthew Shipp / Michael Bisio
The Gift
Morris, Joe
Perpetual Frontier The Properties of Free Music [BOOK]
(Riti Publishing)
Black Music Disaster

(Thirsty Ear)
Shipp / Beans / Parker / HPrizm
Knives From Heaven
(Thirsty Ear)
Shipp, Matthew
Duos with Mat Maneri & Joe Morris
Scanner / The Post Modern Jazz Quartet
Blink of an Eye
(Thirsty Ear)
Shipp, Matthew
Matthew Shipp - Solos [DVD]
Shipp, Matthew
(Thirsty Ear)
Shipp, Matthew
Un Piano
Shipp String Trio, Matthew
By The Law of Music
Shipp Trio, Matthew
The Multiplication Table (re-issue)
Declared Enemy - Shipp / Mateen / Parker / Cleaver / Lavant
Salute To 100001 Stars: A Tribute To Jean Genet
Shipp, Matthew Quartet
Dalachinsky, Steve / Matthew Shipp
Phenomena of Interference
(Hopscotch Records)
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