Matthew Shipp: When Johnny Comes Marching Home


When Johnny Comes Marching Home


Matthew Shipp (piano) and William Parker (bass)


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Matthew Shipp (piano), William Parker (bass).

Traditional, arranged by Matthew Shipp and William Parker


Recorded: New York, January 6, 1999


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

What an ominous tone Shipp and Parker bring to the traditional “When Johnny Comes Marching Home.” It sounds downright evil. Shipp clangs the theme over and over while Parker saws back and forth and back and forth, deliberately way out of tune. And then he saws in double and triple time. It’s hard to believe he didn’t saw right through the strings of his bass. If Johnny ever finds himself in a horror movie, he has his theme song.

Reviewer: Steve Greenlee

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