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ZoIn pianist Matthew Shipp's striking reworking of the Gershwins' ''Summertime,'' the living is anything but easy. With William Parker's arco bass work...ZoJazzIn pianist Matthew Shipp's striking reworking of the Gershwins' ''Summertime,'' the living is anything but easy. With William Parker's arco bass work...1994-08-05
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Zo

Genre: Jazz; Lead Performer: William Parker; Producer (group): Rise

In pianist Matthew Shipp’s striking reworking of the Gershwins’ ”Summertime,” the living is anything but easy. With William Parker’s arco bass work providing a nervous background buzz, this player-to-watch of the jazz avant-garde (whose intense performances often end with blood on the keys) evokes a world fraught with danger, in Zo. His lines — heavy, disconsolate, yet clear — show occasional indebtedness to Cecil Taylor, but they’re more accessible. B+

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