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Matthew Shipp Trio and Phronesis

Jez Nelson presents two contrasting contemporary approaches to the piano trio, with performances from New York's Matthew Shipp and Scandinavian/British group Phronesis.

Jez Nelson presents two contrasting contemporary approaches to the piano trio from New York's Matthew Shipp and Scandinavian/British group Phronesis, led by bassist Jasper Høiby.

Pianist Matthew Shipp is not a musician short on artistic certainty. "I continue to pursue my own unique brand of piano language," he has said this year in relation to his latest studio recording; and of the trio he brought to The Vortex for the 2012 London Jazz Festival, he was confident that there was "no precedent" to what the group do together on stage.

With bassist Michael Bisio and drummer Whit Dickey, Shipp sets off on an improvised journey that travels through recognizable tunes and originals to somewhere beyond. And while the spiritual music of America's free jazz tradition is no doubt a key reference point (Shipp was pianist of choice in the late David S. Ware's famous '90s quartet), the group does seem to possess a distinctly fresh approach to what is one of jazz music's oldest configurations.

An evident delight for tight-knit grooves and a shared ear for anthemic melody unite Ivo Neame (piano), Anton Eger (drums) and leader Jasper Høiby (double-bass) in Phronesis. With four albums to their name, the band have begun 2013 on a high, touring Australia and Europe. In this performance from 2012, recorded at London's King's Place, the band are at their free-flowing best, working through a set of compositions by all three band members and in the process offering up a different and equally-invigorating idea of what the acoustic piano trio can be.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Mon 29 Apr 2013 23:00

Music Played

  • New Releases

    • Naoko Sakata Trio

      (Triangle)

      Composer: Naoko Sakata

      • Flower Clouds.
      • Atelier Sawano.
    • radio.string.quartet.vienna

      Black Market

      Composer: Joe Zawinul

      • Posting Joe - Celebrating Weather Report.
      • ACT.
  • Phronesis Recorded at King’s Place, London on 26 May 2012

    • Phronesis

      Walking Dalk

      Composer: Jasper Høiby

    • Phronesis

      Passing Clouds

      Composer: Jasper Høiby

    • Phronesis

      Upside Down

      Composer: Jasper Høiby

  • The Matthew Shipp Trio recorded at the Vortex, London on 10 November 2012

    • Matthew Shipp Trio

      Circular Temple #1

      Composer: Mathew Shipp

    • Matthew Shipp Trio

      When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again

      Composer: Traditional

    • Matthew Shipp Trio

      Flow of Silence

      Composer: Matthew Shipp

    • Matthew Shipp Trio

      [bass solo]

      Composer: Michael Bisio

    • Matthew Shipp Trio

      Stage 10

      Composer: Matthew Shipp

    • Matthew Shipp Trio

      Blue In Orion

      Composer: Matthew Shipp

    • Matthew Shipp Trio

      P X

      Composer: Matthew Shipp

  • New Release

    • Joshua Redman

      Let Me Down Easy

      Composer: Joshua Redman

      • Walking Shadows.
      • Nonesuch.

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