Music Review

Zo (1994)


Details Lead Performances: The Matthew Shipp Duo and William Parker; Genre: Jazz

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+

Originally posted Aug 05, 1994 Published in issue #234 Aug 05, 1994 Order article reprints

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