New Release Review: John Abercrombie Quartet – “Up and Coming” (ECM)

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The following is an excerpt from a recent article I wrote for All About Jazz:

Guitarist John Abercrombie has long been a stalwart artist for Manfred Eicher’s ECM Records, steadily releasing albums as a leader since 1975’s fusion masterpiece Timeless (ECM). A true guitar virtuoso, Abercrombie’s adaptability and dexterous command over his instrument have secured his exalted rank within the jazz realm and beyond. Now, over 40 years after his debut, Abercrombie’s inventiveness shows no signs of diminishing as he has kicked off 2017 with a new album for ECM, Up and Coming. Continue reading “New Release Review: John Abercrombie Quartet – “Up and Coming” (ECM)”

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New Release Review: Matthew Shipp Trio – “Piano Song” (Thirsty Ear)

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The following is an excerpt from a recent article I wrote for All About Jazz:

It’s difficult to encapsulate pianist Matthew Shipp’s inimitable musical vision and approach exclusively with words. The elusiveness of his aesthetic stems from its malleability: Shipp retains his unwavering objective of unfettered expression, yet never fully eschews tradition, yielding an unrivaled brand of stirring music. A consummate innovator, Shipp’s singular musical vocabulary has matured and diversified over decades of enterprising music, spanning a multitude of genres and musical ensembles. Continue reading “New Release Review: Matthew Shipp Trio – “Piano Song” (Thirsty Ear)”