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Shipp, Matthew Quartet: Sonic Fiction (ESP-Disk)

Focusing on sound, warmth and exploration, pianist Matthew Shipp leads his quartet with saxophonist and clarinetist Mat Walerian, bassist Michael Bisio and drummer Whit Dickey through 10 tracks that explore a diverse set of moods and styles, allowing each player room for expressive solos, while never leaving the jazz and blues behind in this beautifully paced album.
 

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UPC: 825481501828

Label: ESP-Disk
Catalog ID: ESPDISK 5018CD
Squidco Product Code: 25310

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Park West Studios, in Brooklyn, New York, on December 18th, 2015, by Jim Clouse.


Personnel:

Matthew Shipp-piano

Mat Walerian-alto saxophone, bass clarinet, clarinet

Michael Bisio-bass

Whit Dickey-drums

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track listing:


1. First Step (3:24)

2. Blues Addition (6:23)

3. The Station (5:53)

4. Lines of Energy (4:02)

5. Easy Flow (5:39)

6. The Problem of Jazz (5:00)

7. The Note (0:17)

8. 3 by 4 (6:25)

9. Cell in the Brain (5:33)

10. Sonic Fiction (11:23)
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"Michael Bisio and Whit Dickey are long-time collaborators with Shipp, but the addition of Walerian's Zen style changes the dynamics of their interactions. Walerian and Dickey, masters of restraint, were a match waiting to be made, and their instant rapport is one of the attractions of this album."-ESP-Disk



"The recent rise of Polish reedman Mat Walerian - an album in each of the last three years - has been closely tied to his association with Matthew Shipp. At some point the vastly talented and original Walerian will probably venture outside of his collaborations with the pianist but the possibilities of their partnership hadn't yet been exhausted. Shipp's Sonic Fiction for the first time records Walerian in a quartet setting, rounded out by Shipp stalwarts Michael Bisio (bass) and Whit Dickey (drums).

The expanded combo size affords Walerian the opportunity to interact with a full rhythm section, instead of either drums or bass but not both. It's hard to find a combination that could beat Dickey and Bisio, who are not only elite individually, but have worked together behind Shipp since 2011's Art Of The Improviser. With the familiarity and the telepathy that results from that already built-in everywhere else, this wasn't going to be a steep learning curve.

In a program of ten originals where nine are kept precise at tidy lengths, it's the tenth one that best exemplifies how well Walerian has made himself at home within Shipp's trio to make it a true quartet. "Sonic Fiction" is the only extended composition, where he and Shipp improvise on parallel tracks. What is remarkable is how they are able to maintain their own distinctive voices concurrently, never colliding into each other. Next, Walerian tests his rapport with Bisio now on bowed bass and at one point his alto sax squeals approximate the squeaks of Bisio's bow happening at the same time. Before the performance gets a chance to lose steam, Shipp re-enters with a cue to the quartet that it's time to swing, and Walerian responds with the leader, finding harmony in the jazz heritage they both deeply respect.

The shorter performances packs these dynamics together tighter; Walerian's meditative approach taken on the opener "First Step" is already altering the approach of the other three, an alto sax that uniquely speaks in a familiar, traditional tongue but also reaching for notes outside the traditional realm. He structures his expressions like paragraphs and the remaining participants respond in kind. The freer "Line of Energy" is lively, spontaneous interaction that passes the simpatico test with flying colors.

"3 by 4" is a temporary return to the ol' Shipp/Bisio/Dickey trio, Shipp feeling feisty and the rhythm section responding in just the right measure. Walerian sizes all this up and makes his entrance halfway through, jumping into the fray and offering mostly elongated notes to counter Shipp's downpour of notes. Walerian also bides his time for "Blues Addition" but this time, Shipp sets the table in a more relaxed, melodic fashion and the Pole shows up sporting a clarinet. And he's playing with a fervent blues connotation that commands such respect that Shipp and Dickey fade out to give him and Bisio the floor. Walerian also goes clarinet (bass clarinet, to be specific) for "The Station," but this time he's the once defining the song's parameters with an unaccompanied narration for the entirety of the song. It's a composed performance that also probing, very much the way he typically expresses himself ("Easy Flow" is Shipp's turn at a soliloquy).

In keeping with the democratic design of the combo, everyone's role is critical. "The Problem of Jazz" underlines Bisio's bass dexterity, and Dickey's part in the overall tonality of the group sound way exceeds his timekeeping responsibilities.

With the singularly outsized saxophone and clarinet personality of Mat Walerian in the mix, Matthew Shipp has found a plenty good justification for going back to a quartet."-S. Victo Aaron, Something Else Reviews


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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 (http://www.matthewshipp.com/bio.html)
6/6/2018

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"Mat Walerian. Jazz instrumentalist and Composer.

Mat Walerian is a jazz saxophonist and woodwind player (alto saxophone, bass clarinet, soprano clarinet, flute), composer and bandleader who specializes in improvisation and avant-garde music.

His studies were mostly focused on eastern philosophy and Japanese culture. With the exception of a few lessons he is self - taught musician, occasionally taking lessons from acknowledged masters Matthew Shipp and Hamid Drake, lessons which he has cited as being crucial to his development. His style is firmly in the mainstream of modern jazz and improvised music, somewhere around hard free bop with a tribute to the atonal avant-garde heritage. Classical music, jazz classics and the classical music of Japan and India have all left a distinct impression on his creation. Mat cooperates in diverse musical projects with musician who represent various musical streams; jazz, classical, contemporary, improvised avant-garde music and electronica.

His musical projects include THE UPPERCUT, M-THEORY PROJECT, TOXIC, JUNGLE, OKUDEN, SAINTHUNTER, WHITE LOTUS, ZEN, MUTANT DEFINITION, BLACKADMIN or PREDATOR GONE WILD. In his projects Mat mixes classical chamber music, jazz classics and Asian scales along with the modern expression of improvised music

Mat is an art director for the OKUDEN MUSIC, described as "sound to the deepest" concert series, presenting the mainstream of modern jazz and improvised avant-garde music heritage.

Mat loves nature and experiencing wildlife phenomena."

-Mat Walerian Website (http://www.matwalerian.com/bio.php)
6/6/2018

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"Michael Bisio, bassist/composer, has eighty five recordings in his discography, twenty four of these are split evenly between leader/co-leader, ten of them document his extraordinary association with modern piano icon Matthew Shipp. Michael has been called a poet, a wonder and one of the most virtuosic and imaginative performers on the double bass. Nate Chinen in the New York Times writes : "The physicality of Mr. Bisio's bass playing puts him in touch with numerous predecessors in the avant-garde, but his expressive touch is distinctive;..."

As a composer Michael has been awarded nine grants and an Artist Trust Fellowship

Collaborators include Matthew Shipp, Joe McPhee, Charles Gayle, Connie Crothers, Whit Dickey, Ivo Perelman, Barbara Donald, Newman Taylor Baker, Rob Brown, Sonny Simmons and Sabir Mateen."

-Michael Bisio Website (http://michaelbisio.com/bio.shtml)
6/6/2018

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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)
6/6/2018

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