DJ Spooky (with Matthew Shipp): Ibid, desmarches, ibid


Ibid, desmarches, ibid


DJ Spooky


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Matthew Shipp (piano), William Parker (bass), Joe McPhee (tenor sax, trumpet), Guillermo E. Brown (drums), DJ Spooky (Paul D. Miller) (laptop, kalimba, turntables, bass).

Composed by Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky)


Recorded: New York, March 6, 2002


Rating: 98/100 (learn more)

And now Shipp ups the ante again, with the introduction of turntable-and-effects pioneer Paul Miller, a.k.a. DJ Spooky. Yet the melding of electronica, hip-hop and jazz has never sounded more natural. The cold electronic beats are complemented wonderfully by Shipp’s dark, angular chords and by McPhee’s from-the-gut blowing. It’s synthetic and yet it’s organic. By allowing his music to be manipulated by the Bowdoin College-educated Miller, Shipp cemented his position as a forefather of the idea that these three very different genres could breath the same air.

Reviewer: Steve Greenlee


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