Matthew Shipp Trio, “Flying Carpet” from Piano Song: Something Else! sneak peek

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This coming Friday (January 27, 2017) marks the last release coming from Matthew Shipp on the storied Thirsty Ear label. As previously noted in a full assessment of the upcoming album, Shipp invests in Piano Song “with the same vigor and commitment as a first audition, but with the collected confidence of an established vet.”

To whet your appetite until the record goes on sale, above is an advance stream of the track “Flying Carpet.”

Drummer Newman Taylor-Baker shows his well-honed skills as both a pocket-creating timekeeper and a shrewd texturalist. Michael Bisio on bass fills out a harmony so completely with no wasted notes, because he’s always keenly aware of what’s going on around him. And Shipp? He has a singular ability to tantalize with well-placed chords — and only chords — the entire track.

In short, “Flying Carpet” shows how Matthew Shipp and his trio gets that jazz feel while dispensing with conventional jazz methods.


S. Victor Aaron

S. Victor Aaron

S. Victor Aaron is an SQL demon for a Fortune 100 company by day, music opinion-maker at night. His musings are strewn out across the interwebs on jazz.com, AllAboutJazz.com, a football discussion board and some inchoate customer reviews of records from the late 1990s on Amazon under a pseudonym that will never be revealed. E-mail him at [email protected] .com or follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SVictorAaron
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