Matthew Shipp Trio

October 15th, 2012

Sunday at the SEATTLE ART MUSEUM PLESTCHEEFF AUDITORIUM Matthew Shipp Trio opened the evening. The Matthew Shipp Trio, with Mike Bisio on bass and Whit Dickey on drums, is one of the most compelling jazz trios around. Iconoclast Henry Rollins writes about longtime friend Shipp for Philadelphia’s Ars Nova Workshop: “It is listening to Matthew Shipp’s work that has always been a reminder to me that real jazz music, no matter how refined or complex it can be, relies primarily on guts.”

Here is the  2012 Earshot Jazz Festival schedule


DownBeat hailed the trio’s Art of the Improviser (Thirsty Ear, 2011) as “a monumental work that befits a musician who deserves a place of choice in the jazz piano pantheon.” Shipp and Bisio’s recent pared down duo release Floating Ice (Relative Pitch Records, 2012) received immediate praise as a “testament to their shared chemistry” (All About Jazz). Music that even further reveals the telepathic interplay in the trio – Elastic Aspects (Thirsty Ear, 2012).

Last night’s concert alternated between music from both the trio and duo recordings, with surprises along the way, emblematic of Shipp’s unique style and his successful collaborations with Bisio and Dickey.

Shipp has played piano since he was 5 years old. He studied at the New England Conservatory of Music with saxophonist Joe Maneri and cut his teeth working with saxophonists Roscoe Mitchell and David S. Ware and bassist William Parker. Shipp holds two enduring label relationships with Hatology and Thirsty Ear, where he also serves as curator and director of the label’s Blue Series.

Bisio, no stranger to Seattle audiences, invariably astounds audiences with the beauty of his tone and the intensity of his very personal musical language. As a recording artist, Bisio appears on over 60 CDs. As a composer, he has been recognized with nine project grants from various arts organizations; in 2003, he was awarded a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship.

Dickey is a uniquely gifted drummer, perhaps best known for his collaborations with David S. Ware and Shipp. A composer as well as a drummer, Dickey has reached new heights in his music with a recent coterie of great musicians, including alto saxophonist Rob Brown. He has performed with Shipp since 1991 and continues to play and record with Roy Campbell Jr., Mat Maneri, Chris Lightcap and many others.

– DB

Here is the  2012 Earshot Jazz Festival schedule

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