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After many years working together in the vital Downtown NY scene, saxophonist Ivo Perelman and Matthew Shipp take their playing the next step after their previous duo "Callas", in thoughtful improv that expresses in both their mutual language and masterful skills.

Perelman, Ivo / Matthew Shipp

Perelman, Ivo / Matthew Shipp: Corpo (Leo)

Label: Leo    
Released in: Great Britain    

"Last month [May 2016] Ivo Perelman does what has lately become an annual or semi-annual event for him: he released not one but a fistful of albums featuring new, totally improvised recordings. Choosing from a fairly small but intensely talented group of fellow music visionaries, the masterful tenor saxophonist's only real decision he usually makes in planning an album is which combination of these savants will he use to make music that don't exist in any form until the 'record' button is pushed. And then when he's done, he leaves Neil Tesser the thankless job of putting into words art way too abstract and arresting to adequately put into words.

Tesser actually does a commendable job in unraveling the mysteries behind the sequence of notes that only existed in that moment. To dissect this music you almost have to remove yourself from experiencing it at how Perelman's otherworldly sonorities is meant to be absorbed, which is at a gut level. Three of Ivo's fresh dishes are duets, and in a departure from the usual method of sizing up records one at a time, we're going to take on Corpo (with Matthew Shipp), Blue (with Joe Morris), The Hitchhiker (with Karl Berger) at once. Why?

Well, why not? One of the notable ways about Perelman is his adaptability to any given setting. Even within the sub-realm of one-on-ones, Perelman adjusts his line of attack to his lone counterpart. And most fascinating is how Perelman responds not just to the opposing instrument played but also the personality that comes through on that instrument. Taken all together, Corpo, Blue and The Hitchhiker provides a good demonstration of how Perelman draws contrasts in his duet collaborations while staying within his own character.

There's another purpose to these three sessions also applicable to the other two: Perelman for the first time applies an intervallic system whereby he gives the intervals between the pitches in a scale equal weight.

Corpo once again is Perelman squaring off with one of his favored partners, the pianist Shipp. This marks the sixteenth time the two have performed together on a record...since 2010. To the musical scholar, the way that Perelman and Shipp treat fifths, thirds and sevenths without any favoritism toward any of them might be the point of intrigue, but for the rest of us, a simpatico that has now become impeccable is the reason for the magic. Over twelve pieces performed and recorded in the same sequence as it's presented on the record, Perelman and Shipp move in the same direction, in the same sentiment and in the same cadence. Whether they are somber ("Part 1"), frisky ("Part 2"), moving between dissonance and dulcetness ("Part 5") or fluidity and choppiness ("Part 6"), it's hard to consistently tell who is leading whom. And when that's occurring, there's truly a oneness of mind.

[...] Ivo Perelman makes a lot of music because he has so much to say. Even when there is only one other musician alongside him with which to express all these new inspirations."-S. Victor Aaron, Something Else Reviews

"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 (

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Product Information:

UPC: 5024792075522

Label: Leo
Catalog ID: LEO 755
Squidco Product Code: 22164

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at Parkwest Studios, Brooklyn, New York, in February, 2016, by Jim Clouse.


Ivo Perelman-tenro saxophone

Matthew Shipp-piano

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Track Listing:

1. Part 1 3:56

2. Part 2 4:37

3. Part 3 5:37

4. Part 4 4:47

5. Part 5 4:23

6. Part 6 6:13

7. Part 7 2:27

8. Part 8 1:41

9. Part 9 3:40

10. Part 10 5:51

11. Part 11 4:44

12. Part 12 6:06