With a unique, instantly recognizable style, pianist Matthew Shipp has been active on the international jazz scene since late 1980s. His boundary-less musical approach crisscrosses free jazz, elliptical post-bop, and modern classical music. He served as pianist in the David S. Ware Quartet during the early '90s before leading his own dates and recording duos with a variety of musicians including Roscoe Mitchell, Mat Maneri, and Ivo Perelman -- whom he continues to work with. He released his solo debut, Symbol Systems, in 1995 as well as the quartet offering Critical Mass with violist Mat Maneri, William Parker, and drummer Whit Dickey. He released many recordings for Hat -- including 2001's Expansion, Power, Release -- and Thirsty Ear, including 2007's Piano Vortex and 2013's Piano Sutras. Shipp also records for France's Rogue Art label ...
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