Chip Deffaa
August 05, 1994 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Zo

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
William Parker
Producers
Rise
genre
Jazz

We gave it a B+

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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