Pianist Matthew Shipp's trio with Whit Dickey on drums and Michael Bisio on bass, take on Duke's Ellington's classic compositions, adding free elements and unexpected angles without losing the melodic charm of these classic jazz standards; recommended.
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Catalog ID: ROG-0060
Squidco Product Code: 20237
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded at Lowfish Studio, New York, NY on June 10th, 2014 by M.P. Kuo.
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1. Prelude To Duke 0:43
2. In A Sentimental Mood 6:18
3. Satin Doll 8:48
4. I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good 5:02
5. Take The A Train 9:03
6. Mood Indigo 5:47
7. Dickey Duke 4:43
8. Tone Poem For Duke 5:02
9. Prelude To A Kiss 3:53
10. Sparks 3:25
11. Solitude 3:21
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"Shipp plays in his own inimitably personal style some of the most beloved of Duke's compositions, "rewriting" the book and making this excursion uniquely his own. Many greats have tackled Ellington. The one who immediately comes to mind is Monk with his now legendary trio date for Riverside records Thelonious Monk plays the Music of Duke Ellington. The result is fascinating. But unlike Monk doing it his way, though somewhat restrained, we have Shipp going all out. Not simply personalizing Duke but messing up the time signatures and "corrupting" the melodies whenever and wherever possible.
To just play free without the cumbersome restrictions of composition and cliché is, to my mind, one of the highest forms of art if done to it's maximum beauty and capacity, but equally high is the ability to take the melody, tear it to pieces, yet keep its integrity intact. Few artists can do this. Lee Konitz, using a completely different attack, the first who comes to mind. Shipp definitely walks in that tradition, creating, what I like to think of as cubing (ala cubism) the head > abstracting / distending and respecting it while at the same time allowing it to flourish and morph."-Steve Dalachinsky
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"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 (http://www.matthewshipp.com/bio.html)
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"Whit Dickey (born May 28, 1954, New York City) is a free jazz drummer. He has recorded albums as a bandleader, with David S. Ware, Matthew Shipp and others.
Free jazz drummer Whit Dickey first stepped into the spotlight as a leader with the release of his Transonic album from Aum Fidelity in 1998. Two years later, Wobbly Rail issued his Big Top release. Previously, he was best known for his solid work with Matthew Shipp and David S. Ware, with whom Dickey split in 1996. Early the following year, the drummer began composing the works that would be included on Transonic. Dickey penned all but two songs, "Kinesis" and "Second Skin," on the collection, and he even had a hand in those with the help of his fellow musicians on the album. The original compositions give a nod to the influence of "Criss Cross" and "Off Minor" from the legendary Thelonious Monk. Dickey recorded the album with the aid of Rob Brown on flute and alto saxophone, and Chris Lightcap on bass. In 2001, Dickey recorded half a dozen of his compositions with Mat Maneri, Shipp, and Brown under the name Nommonsemble, and put out Life Cycle through Aum Fidelity.
Whit Dickey made a name for himself as the former drummer of David S. Ware's famous quartet. Since then Dickey's musical contributions have gone well beyond his work as Ware's drummer. He is capable of tremendous power and yet has the ability for subtle gesture. Dickey is a composer as well as a drummer and his music has reached new heights in his recent small group work, with a coterie of great musicians including alto saxophonist Rob Brown. He has been performing with Matthew Shipp since 1991 and continues to play and record with Roy Campbell Jr., Mat Maneri, Chris Lightcap and many others. Since 2007 Dickey has been focussing on developing an integrative improvisational style while working with Shipp's Trio.
Daniel Carter and Dickey recorded an album pianist Eri Yamamoto in 2008.
The album Art of the Improvisor from The Matthew Shipp Trio received much critical acclaim and was listed as one of the year's best of 2011. Dickey has started a cooperative unit with Sabir Mateen & Michael Bisio, which is another example of post- Coltrane integral unity, and is call Blood Trio.
Shipp, Bisio and Dickey have also been working with Ivo Perelman in various configurations."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whit_Dickey)
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