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DNA [Matthew Shipp]

  • 1. When Johnny Comes Marching Home
    2. Cell Sequence
    3. Genetic Alphabet
    4. DNA
    5. Orbit
    6. Mr. Chromosome
    7. Amazing Grace
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 57067

  • Credits

    Personnel: Matthew Shipp (piano); William Parker (bass).
    Personnel: Matthew Shipp (piano).
    Recording information: Seltzer Sound, New York, NY (01/06/1999).
    DNA documents a series of duets between pianist Matthew Shipp and bassist William Parker, two of the most consistently adventurous and compelling musicians in contemporary jazz. Though the album consists largely of improvisations, there is a tightness and economy of form in the performances that bespeaks the highest level of craft. As long-time collaborators, Shipp and Parker understand the value of concision in improvisation--a rarity amongst even the most talented jazz musicians.
    DNA is bookended by two traditional tunes: "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" and "Amazing Grace," the first a dark and brooding excursion, the latter a lovely hymn. In between, the duo create extemporaneous music with a high degree of chemistry and energy, with Shipp's avant-garde tendencies bubbling up in his provocative phrasing and use of dissonance. The vitality and ideas present on DNA should please any serious jazz fan.

  • Critic Reviews
    Alternative Press (10/99, p.108) - 5 out of 5 - "...his most mature accomplishment to date, it offers surprises for even diehard Shipp fans....DNA brings Shipp's tremendous decade of music to a close."
    The Wire (5/99, p.59) - "...DNA is like great sex. When everything fits into place, you don't notice the mechanics, you just enjoy the wild ride and revel in the intimacy..."
    CMJ (5/3/99, p.28) - "...The uncluttered, two-man setting allows listeners to easily hear the album's linear melodic progressions and rhythmic structures....DNA will impress both longtime fans and jazzbo come-latelys..."
    New Music Monthly (7/99, p.56) - "...compelling. DNA favors quietness as much as it favors dissonance, space as much as density, and it works well as both an entree into Shipp's ouvre and as another...step in his development..."
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