The Jazz Session #137: Matthew Shipp

“To me, music is an occult alphabet of frequencies and vibrations that are transmitted on an instrument.” So says pianist Matthew Shipp, whose new solo piano recording, 4D (Thirsty Ear, 2010) comes out on January 26. In this interview, Shipp talks about the joy of solo piano; the lessons he learned from David S. Ware and Roscoe Mitchell; and the origins of music itself. Learn more at

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Author: Jason Crane

7 thoughts on “The Jazz Session #137: Matthew Shipp

  1. Jason:

    Nice interview and some very interesting discussion on the language of music, and it is great to see the new record … I get the AllMusic weekly release email, and this was so far down I probably wouldn’t have noticed it otherwise.

    I noted I couldn’t find a link on the page to buy to give you some credit …

  2. Thanks, Michael.

    Regarding the link: As I type this, there’s an Amazon link right above my comment entry box. I have noticed it being blocked at one of the offices where I work.

  3. Aw crud … I’ll have to make sure to click in from my home computer. My work one at work and when at home has a VPN/Firewall and apparently blocked the link … of well, Amazon MP3 was $5 so I didn’t lose you that much this time … :)

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