Michael Bisio, Newman Taylor Baker 

Photo: R.I. Sutherland-Cohen / www.jazzexpressions.org

Photo: Nicole Peyrafitte

Photo: Marek Lazarski cooljazzphotos.com

Photo: R.I. Sutherland-Cohen

"The Shipp Trio has become a phenomena unto itself.”
"Certainly the Shipp Trio here make a case for a simultaneity of stylistic preoccupations that transcends the splitting of categories in jazz practice.”

"In fact, it's a virtual certainty that such a thing has never occurred before.”  Martin Longley

"Like jugglers with balls in the air, Shipp, Bisio and Baker dealt in the unexpected, from dazzling trio crescendos possessing a certain horror-movie quality to weird, bubbly space funk.” —Ken Micallef

"Matthew Shipp’s Trio is rightly acknowledged as one of the world’s finest and they didn’t disappoint, producing a set of insistent driving momentum, which swept the audience along with it.” John Sharpe , The New York City Jazz Record

"...piano trios don't come any better than this." John Sharpe AAJ

"I hope that this is the album that pushes Matthew Shipp and his colleagues into mainstream success. Like Jaki Byard before him, he has the whole history, past and present and is leading the way into the future. Root Of Things."

"This is music-making at its highest level, in performances that contain elements of jazz history, certainly, but also classical accents and an overall presentation informed by a chamber sensibility. The trio manages a magic trick: they are concise and expansive, seemingly at the same time.” - Jeff Stockton, THE NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD | JUNE 2014  page 23

"The third album by pianist Matthew Shipp's trio with bassist Michael Bisio and drummer Whit Dickey persuades as their strongest yet, no mean feat after the live disc included on The Art Of The Improviser (Thirsty Ear, 2011) and Elastic Aspects (Thirsty Ear, 2012). Over the six cuts from this 2013 studio session they restate their case to be considered one of the premier contemporary piano threesomes, supremely cohesive and thoroughly convincing in Shipp's unique idiom combining insistent themes, darkly thunderous voicings and crystalline romantic lyricism. " John Sharpe, AAJ

Root of Things (Best of 2014)
freejazzblog.org/2014/12/albums-of-year-2014.html (Tom Burris)

Matthew Shipp: Shipp Shifts

Article on All About Jazz by Chris Rich

Root of Things #1 on jazz charts
Jazz - KDHX.org

"One of the joys of listening to pianist/composer Matthew Shipp is hearing how he incorporates the history of modern black music into the various ensembles he leads. His latest CD, "Root of Things" (Relative Pitch Records), features his Trio composed of the agile and highly musical bassist Michael Bisio plus the demonstrative, forceful and rhythmical drummer Whit Dickey.  This ensemble has logged many miles together, they listen intently to each other, and waste little time getting to the heart of the pianist's music.” - Richard B. Kamins, Step Tempest

"As much as I've been a devoted fan of the pianist's peripatetic output over the last two and a half decades, I think the current group with Bisio and Dickey—with whom the pianist first worked in the trio with bassist William Parker and later in Ware's quartet—is making some of the finest music in Shipp's career. Root of Things (Relative Pitch), a stunningly good new album with that trio, only strengthens the case." - Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader

From a review of Ivo Perelman Quartet’s recording The Other Edge:
"As we’re reminded with the just-issued Root of Things, Matthew Shipp, Michael Bisio and Whit Dickey make up one of the most formidable acoustic trios in jazz of this day and age. The uncommon telepathy, the feel and the unpretentious emotion are the kinds of things that put them at or near the top of the list.”  - S. Victor Aaron, Something Else Reviews

"To one side of the stage, a small girl stood on her father’s feet, arms outstretched and secured in his hands. As the band roiled and swayed, dad moved her body accordingly, synching motion to sound in a playful interpretive dance. She and he beamed in the gentle abandon the music engendered. If a child can follow and appreciate this stuff, it isn’t privileged fare for connoisseurs and asethetes. It’s democratic stuff, it’s radically inclusive, it’s human.” -  Josh Potter,  Metroland

"On every level this is what "jazz" is about today. Many years of preparation from all three separately and in togetherness makes such a high level of inspiration possible. Don't take it for granted--this is a set that comes out of the highest art by three that have worked themselves hard to get into the space they now occupy with confidence and ultimate artistry." - Gapplegate Music Review

"Pianist Matthew Shipp, no stranger to Pittsburgh avant jazz fans, was a close associate of Campbell, and he too dedicated his set to his friend. Perhaps knowing that paints my impression of Shipp's set, but there were moments when it felt like the pianist was expressing his grief and love through music, brutally pounding on the keys creating his trademark thunder, moving on to gentle melodies. Tired as I was at the trio's 2:00 am finish, the heavy closing notes of Michael Bisio's bowed bass and Shipp's piano proved to be perfect ending of a tremendous weekend."  - Mike Shanley, Pittsburgh City Paper

"The trio has internalized the trusting interdependence and compositionally minded improvising that are at the heart of Shipp’s vision for ensemble music. Bisio’s figures on their latest album Elastic Aspects are precise and mobile, and so deeply embedded with Shipp’s playing that the music would unravel if you tried to pull them apart. Likewise Dickey, who has been playing with Shipp for over twenty years, delivers carefully modulated surges of texture and energy that are essential to the music’s integrity and flow, but direct attention away from itself and towards the music as a whole." - Bill Meyer, Chicagomusic.org

"The intensity of the collective interaction between these three masters of American vernacular also known to some "Jazz”,was captivating." -  mzeetime

"Erie discovered Shipp and his drummer Whit Dickey and bassist Michael Bisio at a memorable concert in April 2012 at the Erie Art Museum. The trio played without a break for nearly 90 minutes, a remarkable interval given the ferocious concentration and commitment of the music making. Shipp is a boxing fan, and that concert was an old-school championship bout, 15 rounds." - John Chacona, Go Erie

"And yet the most intense moments of this performance are the ones in which apparently paradoxical forces cohere beyond any programmed contrivance."  Kevin Le Gendre, Jazzwise

˝Elsewhere, the great American free-jazz pianist Matthew Shipp – a more uncompromising and improv-oriented artist than Glasper – played ideas-packed acoustic-trio music on Saturday at the Vortex, aided by superb double-bassist Mike Bisio, ...˝   John Fordham, The Guardian

"On Saturday, Matthew Shipp’s trio played at The Vortex. Shipp opened unaccompanied, head stooped over his keyboard, rippling quietly up scales of his own invention. Soon there were snippets and clusters and spiralling lines. Bass strolled in, shifted gear, a swish of brushes firmed the pulse and Shipp was up and running. Shipp juxtaposes brittle, spider-and-spike runs with sustained vamps that change key, alter shape and explode into dense, closely-textured chords. There were snappy riffs and tub-thumping themes – one such, an almost straight "Johnny Comes Marching Home” – dancey beats, rhapsodies and hints of tradition. The interplay was uncanny with bassist Michael Bisio fine-tuned to every move, and delivering the first-set highlight, a resonant and thumping solo that ended as a bowed bass elegy themed on Coltrane’s "Naima”. "  Mike Hobart, Financial Times

"Three unique individuals in Matthew Shipp's trio, himself along with Michael Bisio (b) and Whit Dickey (dr), provided both a physical and metaphysical journey throughout the night.  An organic blend of familiar and unfamiliar themes pulling from Classical, Jazz, Rock, and Folklore.  I know I use the phrase Controlled Chaos a lot on this blog, but this was the perfect example of that concept. The music was free and continued to lift higher and higher.  Yet it was all weighted by a sense of connectivity these three had with one another."   Matthew Ditullo,  this Shape of Jazz

"Art of the improviser" made this jazz starter kit of 50 cds for international jazz day.  Culture Catch

"Within the Matthew Shipp Trio, there was almost no distinction between soloist and accompanist. In fact, it would seem that the focus of the performance was centered on moving flawlessly from one composition to the next and improvising within each tune's framework. Forms were somewhat disregarded, or treated so liberally that their architecture remained intriguingly beguiling. As a whole, the performance almost felt more like an hour-long tone poem than a largely improvised free jazz set. The Trio did not employ the often harsh instrumental techniques of many other free jazz artists, instead relying on controlled and surprisingly cohesive musical conversation." RJ Johnson, All About Jazz

"Art of the improviser" made the All Music list of most notable jazz CDs since 1992, the year All Music started--it's the only CD from 2011 and is last
on list because it is in chronological order. All Music

"...it's the way he [Matthew Shipp] sprints, cuts, and spins that demands rapt attention. Blocking out heavy chords, rippling through insanely complex but cleanly articulated runs and arpeggios, and plucking strings inside the piano, his hands move both independently and in complete synchronicity. Similarly he and Bisio and Dickey offer up unique takes on the harmonies and rhythms while linking their imaginations into one vision."     DR Absolute Sound

"Art of the Improviser is just the kind of album capable of informing listeners what jazz is meant to be in this day and age." MOG

"Shipp's trio walloped the packed Vortex with two richly rewarding, high energy sets which wove obliquely in and out of the standards repertoire." Geoff Winston, London Jazz

"Stellar interplay characterizes the trio program, with Bisio's cleanly articulated arco a muscular thrum, maintaining a constant counterpoint to Shipp's idiosyncratic mix of sunshine and thunder. Dickey adds a further layer of complexity, with his intricate cymbal patterns overlaying his pulsing polyrhythms."    John Sharpe, All About Jazz

"The trio simply works so consistently and tightly that its impact as one organism defies criticism and invites only praises." Lyn Horton, Lyn Horton

Attached is a stellar review from DownBeat

"What the members of this trio do remarkably well is play on their own in such a way as to be a strong unit." "It is also truly moving music, full of emotion, passion, spirituality, and tenderness."   William Carey, All About Jazz

"The brilliant relationship of these three musicians to his own instrument and to each other is an incredible harmonious feat."  KFJC 89.7 FM

"The musicians' attunement to Shipp's structural and relational concerns renders his ideas with immaculate clarity"   Bill Meyer, DownBeat (****)

"The combination of the intellectual and the emotional is seamless and creates a transcendent whole that goes beyond jazz to evoke a universe of distinctive musical possibility."    Tim, Jazz and Blues Blogspot

"His fourth recording with his trio, this group including Michael Bisio on bass and Whit Dickey on drums, Elastic Aspects demonstrates clarity of motion that goes unquestionably forward but never deviates from an intensity, even in its quiet moments, that denotes universal embrace." Lyn Horton

" - and yet Shipp, Bisio and Dickey will continue to refine their art long after Elastic Aspects has left the CD player." Clifford Allen, The New York City Jazz Record, February 2012

Attached is a review of Elastic Aspects from The New York City Jazz Record and one from the Wire

European Booking:


Jimi Wunderlich

Matthew Shipp Trio at the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy, NY March 15, 2014

Matthew Shipp Trio - Live in Lisbon

Matthew Shipp Trio - Live at the Stone, NYC - April 2013
Engineer: Randy Thaler, AYS Video

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