Joshua Abrams —
Cloud Script ... LP RogueArt (France), 2020. New Copy Gatefold ...
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Tremendous work from Joshua Abrams – a set that's very different than some of his other work in recent years, but every bit as great! The set's got a lean group – Abrams on bass, Jeff Parker on guitar, Gerald Cleaver on drums, and the great Ari Brown on tenor – of Awakening fame – a group that delivers a more stripped-down version of some of Josh's more spiritual ideals – but in ways that also touch base with more conventional jazz expression! Make no mistake, there's nothing conventional about this set – the approach is very unique, and very striking – and the presence of the younger musicians really sets Ari Brown on fire, and reminds us of what a great soloist he can be when he's pushed to his limits. Titles include "Collapsing Novelty", "Duke Hill", "Echo Tracer", "In Place Of Memory", and "Coniunctio". LP, Vinyl record album
A solo piano set from the great Matthew Shipp, but one that's got the presence and power of most of his larger group efforts – but delivered with moments of personality and humanity that really set the whole thing apart! Shipp's exploded with new creative energy in the past decade – and this album provides a crystal clear picture of that move forward – an understanding of the piano and its ability to shape sound that we're not sure we ever heard this strongly in his early recordings – played with a mixture of focus and free-thinking that leaves us breathless throughout the entire long four-piece suite! Segments include "Piano Genesis", "The Reward", "Cosmic Clown", "Coherence Demanded", "Deeper Energy", "Angel Whispering", "The Saccharine Principle", "Energy Of Piano's Desire", and "Core Of The Soul". LP, Vinyl record album