Matthew Shipp: Autumn Leaves


Autumn Leaves


Matthew Shipp (piano)


The Multiplication Table (Hatology 516)

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Matthew Shipp (piano), William Parker (bass), Susie Ibarra (drums).

Recorded: New York, July 17, 1997


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

Matthew Shipp’s trio absolutely deconstructs “Autumn Leaves.” Shipp, who likes to rumble around on the lower end of the piano, makes no bones about his intentions – he is going to make this well-worn standard his own. And he does. If nothing else, “Autumn Leaves” puts the raw power of his trio on full display. Shipp, William Parker and Susie Ibarra obfuscate and otherwise confuse the melody, and yet the result – for all its blocky chords and unyielding, stick-in-your-eye improvisation – is a thing of ugly beauty. Shipp has tried over the years to remake the piano trio in his image, and with “Autumn Leaves” he demonstrates just how dangerous it can be.

Reviewer: Steve Greenlee

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  • 1 shaqunda white // Mar 19, 2009 at 03:11 PM
    mane this song sounds so good to mi ears it makes u feel it all