Matthew Shipp

Matthew Shipp

born on 7/12/1960 in Wilmington, DE, United States

Matthew Shipp

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Matthew Shipp

Matthew Shipp (born December 7, 1960) is an American pianist, composer and bandleader.

Life and career

Shipp was raised in Wilmington, Delaware, and began playing piano at six years old. His mother was a friend of trumpeter Clifford Brown. He was strongly attracted to jazz, but also played in rock groups while in high school. Shipp attended the University of Delaware for one year, then the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with saxophonist/composer Joe Maneri. He has cited private lessons with Dennis Sandole (who also taught saxophonist John Coltrane) as being crucial to his development.

Shipp has been very active since the early 1990s, appearing on dozens of albums as a leader, sideman or producer. He was initially most active in free jazz, but has since branched out, notably exploring music that touches on contemporary classical, hip hop and electronica. At the beginning of his career Shipp was stylistically compared to some of his predecessors in the jazz piano pantheon but has since been recognized as a complete stylistic innovator on the piano with AllMusic referring to his "unique and recognizable style"; and Larry Blumenfeld in Jazziz Magazine referring to Shipp as "stunning in originality." Jazziz Magazine also referred to Shipp's CD 4D as "further proof of his idiosyncratic genius."

Shipp was a long-time member of saxophonist David S. Ware's quartet. He has recorded or performed with many musicians, including William Parker, DJ Spooky, Joe Morris, Daniel Carter, Roscoe Mitchell, Michael Bisio, Whit Dickey, Mat Maneri, Mat Walerian, High Priest and Beans of Antipop Consortium, and El-P.

In February 2011, Shipp released a double-disc album entitled Art of the Improviser. This release is "testament to Shipp's achievements, yet it is also a continuation of the discovery in his developmental musical language."[1] The Chicago Tribune called the project "monumental" and "galvanic as ever."[2]

Shipp has been continuously improving his repertoire from touring the world, writing new compositions and, since 2011, has been collaborating with Barbara Januszkiewicz. Together they are exploring new territory through an avant-garde film called The Composer with Matthew Shipp / Barb Januszkiewicz.[3]

On 24 September 2013 Thirsty Ear Records released a solo piano CD by Shipp called Piano Sutras. Will Layman, writing for PopMatters, described it as:
the kind of record we talk about and play for each other decades later... This is music that frames up a whole history: of an artist, of listeners, of the artists who formed the history of the art form, of the culture and time that allowed this art to flourish.[4]



  • Symbol Systems (No More, 1996)
  • Before the World (FMP, 1997)
  • Songs (Splasc(h), 2001)
  • One (Thirsty Ear, 2006)
  • Un Piano (RogueArt,[5] 2008)
  • 4D (Thirsty Ear, 2010)
  • Creation Out Of Nothing (Live in Moscow) (SoLyd, 2010) - double album
  • Piano Sutras (Thirsty Ear, 2013)

As leader/co-leader

  • Sonic Explorations (Cadence Jazz, 1988) with Rob Brown
  • Points (Silkheart, 1992)
  • Circular Temple (Quinton, 1992)
  • Zo (Rise, 1994) with William Parker
  • Critical Mass (2.13.61, 1995)
  • Prism (Brinkman, 1996)
  • 2-Z (2.13.61, 1996) with Roscoe Mitchell
  • The Flow of X (2.13.61, 1997)
  • By the Law of Music (HatART, 1997)
  • Thesis (hatOLOGY, 1997) with Joe Morris
  • The Multiplication Table (hatOLOGY, 1998)
  • Strata (hatOLOGY, 1998)
  • DNA (Thirsty Ear, 1999)
  • Magnetism (Bleu Regard, 1999)
  • Gravitational Systems (hatOLOGY, 2000) with Mat Maneri
  • Expansion, Power, Release (hatOLOGY, 2001)
  • Pastoral Composure (Thirsty Ear Blue Series, 2001)
  • New Orbit (Thirsty Ear Blue Series, 2001)
  • Nu Bop (Thirsty Ear Blue Series, 2002)
  • Equilibrium (Thirsty Ear Blue Series, 2002)
  • Antipop vs. Matthew Shipp (Thirsty Ear Blue Series, 2003)
  • The GoodandEvil Sessions (Thirsty Ear Blue Series, 2003) with Roy Campbell, Alex Lodico, Miso, William Parker, Josh Roseman
  • The Sorcerer Sessions (Thirsty Ear Blue Series, 2003) with Gerald Cleaver and William Parker
  • High Water (Thirsty Ear Blue Series, 2004) Blue Series Continuum and El-P
  • The Trio Plays Ware (Splasc(h) 2004)
  • Harmony and Abyss (Thirsty Ear Blue Series, 2004) with Gerald Cleaver and William Parker
  • Phenomena of Interference (Hopscotch, 2006) with Steve Dalachinsky
  • Salute to 100001 Stars - A Tribute to Jean Genet (RogueArt,[6] 2006) with Declared Enemy
  • Piano Vortex (Thirsty Ear Blue Series, 2007) with Joe Morris and Whit Dickey
  • Right Hemisphere[7] (RogueArt, 2008) with Rob Brown, Joe Morris and Whit Dickey
  • Cosmic Suite (Not Two, 2008)
  • Harmonic Disorder (Thirsty Ear Blue Series, 2009) with Joe Morris and Whit Dickey
  • SaMa (Not Two, 2010) Duo with Sabir Mateen
  • Night Logic[8] (RogueArt, 2011) Trio with Marshall Allen and Joe Morris
  • Art of the Improviser (Thirsty Ear Blue Series, 2011) with William Parker and Whit Dickey
  • SaMa Live in Moscow (SoLyd, 2011) Duo with Sabir Mateen
  • Cosmic Lieder (AUM, 2011) Duo with Darius Jones
  • Broken Partials (Not Two, 2011) Duo with Joe Morris
  • Elastic Aspects (Thirsty Ear, 2012)
  • Floating Ice (Relative Pitch, 2012) Duo with Michael Bisio
  • Root of Things (Relative Pitch, 2014)

As sideman

With David S. Ware

  • Great Bliss, Vol. 1 (Silkheart, 1991)
  • Great Bliss, Vol. 2 (Silkheart, 1991)
  • Flight of I (DIW/Columbia 1992)
  • Third Ear Recitation (DIW, 1993)
  • Earthquation (DIW, 1994)
  • Cryptology (Homestead, 1995)
  • Oblations and Blessings (Silkheart, 1996)
  • DAO (Homestead, 1996)
  • Godspelized (DIW, 1996)
  • Wisdom of Uncertainty (AUM Fidelity, 1997)
  • Go See the World (Columbia, 1998)
  • Surrendered (Columbia, 2000)
  • Corridors & Parallels (AUM Fidelity, 2001)
  • Freedom Suite (AUM Fidelity, 2002)
  • Threads (Thirsty Ear, 2003)
  • Live in the World (Thirsty Ear, 2005)
  • BalladWare (Thirsty Ear, 2006)
  • Renunciation (AUM Fidelity, 2007)
  • Live in Vilnius (NoBusiness, 2009)

With Roscoe Mitchell

  • This Dance Is for Steve McCall (Black Saint, 1992)
  • Nine to Get Ready (ECM, 1997)
  • The Bad Guys (Il Manifesto, 1996)

With Joe Morris

  • Elsewhere (Homestead, 1996)

With Ivo Perelman

  • Bendito of Santa Cruz (Cadence Jazz, 1996)
  • Cama de Terra (Homestead Records, 1996)
  • The Hour of the Star (Leo, 2011)
  • The Clairvoyant (Leo, 2012)
  • The Gift (Leo, 2012)
  • The Edge (Leo, 2013)
  • The Art of the Duet, Volume One (Leo, 2013)
  • Enigma (Leo, 2013)
  • Serendipity (Leo, 2013)
  • A Violent Dose of Anything (Leo, 2013)

With Rob Brown

  • Blink of an Eye (No More, 1997)

With Other Dimensions In Music

  • Time Is of the Essence Is Beyond Time (AUM Fidelity, 2000)


  • Logos And Language: A Post-Jazz Metaphorical Dialogue[9] (RogueArt, 2008) with Steve Dalachinsky


  1. Jurek, Thom. "Art of the Improviser." All Music Guide. February 2011.
  2. Reich, Howard. "Matthew Shipp at 50." Chicago Tribune. February 2011.
  3. Film with Barbara Januszkiewicz
  4. Layman, Will (September 23, 2013) "Matthew Shipp: Piano Sutras". PopMatters.
  5. RogueArt, JAZZ label. Retrieved on 2013-01-31.
  6. RogueArt, JAZZ label. Retrieved on 2013-01-31.
  7. RogueArt, JAZZ label. (2006-01-05). Retrieved on 2013-01-31.
  8. RogueArt, JAZZ label. Retrieved on 2013-01-31.
  9. RogueArt, JAZZ label. Retrieved on 2013-01-31.

External links

  • Official site
  • Culture Catch Music Salon & Dusty Wright Interview with Matthew
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