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Matthew Shipp and John Butcher

Matthew Shipp & John Butcher

Jez Nelson presents a transatlantic collaboration between two leading lights of avant-garde jazz and improvised music: New York pianist Matthew Shipp and London based reeds player John Butcher. Recorded during Shipp's residency at East London's Café Oto, both musicians will play solo before coming together for a highly anticipated meeting of musical minds.

Matthew Shipp made his name as part of David S Ware's Quartet in the 1990's, before going on to release a series of celebrated albums under his own name featuring musicians such as William Parker and Roscoe Mitchell. John Butcher's playing is grounded in the history of British free improvisation. Taking elements of Evan Parker's technique and Derek Bailey's philosophy, Butcher has forged his own sound favouring complex overtones and electronic manipulation.

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producers: Peggy Sutton & Joby Waldman


Extract from John Butcher and Matthew Shipp in duo (details below)

'One for Junia' by Gareth Lockrane performed by Jack DeJohnette and the Jerwood All Stars

Line up:
Tom Arthurs - trumpet
Gareth Lockrane - flute
Nathaniel Facey - alto saxophone
Shabaka Hutchins - clarinet and tenor saxophone
Chris Sharkey - guitar
Tom Cawley - piano
Neil Charles - bass
Jack DeJohnette - drums

This years Cheltenham Jazz Festival runs from 28 April - 3 May 2010. Full programme details can be found at

CD track:

Artist: Captain Beefheart
Track title: Hair Pie Bake 1
Composer: Don Vliet
Album title: Trout Mask Replica
Label: Reprise/Ada

Jez presents a feature based on Matthew Shipp's theory that we are living in a post Miles Davis paradigm.

Music used during the feature:

Artist: Matt Shipp Trio
Track title: GNG
Composer: Matthew Shipp
Album title: Harmonic Disorder
Label: Thirsty Ear, The Blue Series

Artist: Jason Moran
Track title: You've Got to Be Modernistic
Composer: James P. Johnson
Album title: Modernistic
Label: Blue Note Records

Artist: Curios
Track title: Roadster
Composer: Tom Cawley
Album title: The Other Place
Label: Edition

John Butcher and Matthew Shipp perform solo sets at Café Oto, London recorded on February 14, 2010

Set list:

John Butcher (tenor saxophone)
John Butcher (soprano saxophone)
Matthew Shipp (piano)

John Butcher and Matthew Shipp talk about their expectations before playing together for the very first time.

Music used during the interviews:

Artist: John Butcher
Track title: Last Bottle
Composer: John Butcher
Album title: Fixations
Label: Emanem

Artist: Matthew Shipp
Track title: Signal
Composer: Matthew Shipp
Album title: 'String Trio By The Law
Label: Hatology

Artist: Matthew Shipp
Track title: Ion
Composer: Matthew Shipp
Album title: Harmony and Abyss
Label: Thirsty Ear

Matthew Shipp (piano) and John Butcher (tenor and soprano saxophones) perform a duo recorded at Café Oto, London on February 14, 2010.

All music by John Butcher and Matthew Shipp recorded at Café Oto is freely improvised.

Release date:

1 hour, 45 minutes

Last on

Mon 8 Mar 2010 23:15

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