|Born||December 7, 1960|
Wilmington, Delaware, United States
|Genres||Free jazz, avant-garde jazz, free improvisation, post bop|
|Labels||Thirsty Ear, FMP, No More, hatOLOGY, RogueArt, ESP-Disk, AUM Fidelity|
Matthew Shipp (born December 7, 1960) is an American avant-garde jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader.   
Shipp was raised in Wilmington, Delaware.  His mother was a friend of trumpeter Clifford Brown. 
He began playing piano at five years old.  Shipp was strongly attracted to jazz, but also played in rock groups while in high school.
Shipp attended the University of Delaware for "a couple years" before dropping out.  He opted instead to live with his parents and focus on practicing, though he frequently traveled to Philadelphia to pick up gigs as a cocktail pianist and to study with Dennis Sandole, who Shipp has cited as playing an important role in his development. 
He later spent a year at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with saxophonist and composer Joe Maneri, but again dropped out without completing a degree. 
Shipp moved to New York in 1984 and has been very active since the early 1990s, appearing on dozens of albums as a leader, sideman, or producer.  (Before making a living playing music, Shipp worked in a bookshop as an assistant manager. He was fired, he threw some books at his boss, and he decided he would not look for a day job anymore.  )
He was initially most active in free jazz but has since branched out, particularly exploring music that touches on contemporary classical, hip hop, and electronica.  Earlier in his career Shipp was compared to some of his predecessors in the jazz piano pantheon, but has since been recognized as a complete stylistic innovator on the piano, with AllMusic referring to his "unique, instantly recognizable style",  and Larry Blumenfeld in Jazziz magazine referring to Shipp as "stunning in originality" and to his album 4D as "further proof of his idiosyncratic genius".
Shipp has also been celebrated by a wide range of artists: David Bowie has praised his work (specifically ‘Rocket Ship’ from the album Nu Bop),  and Thurston Moore, who first saw him perform in 1990, has complimented his cross-genre appeal: "I see the same people showing up for Matthew's gigs as for Merzbow".  (As a member of the David S. Ware Quartet, Shipp has opened for Sonic Youth.)  Shipp has also been noted for his association with punk-rock icon Henry Rollins, who released several of Shipp's records on his 213 imprint.  In 2010, Rollins wrote, "Matthew Shipp and his work have fascinated me since I first heard him many years ago. His originality and approach sometimes stretches the limits of what is considered Jazz music yet at the same time, describes perfectly the fierce freedom of it. ... Matthew is not only a brilliant Jazz pianist, he is a true artist and visionary."  In the early 1990s Shipp also befriended Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power), then his next-door neighbor. 
One of the first people Shipp sought out upon arriving in New York was William Parker, who he knew from his recordings with Cecil Taylor; Parker later recommended him for saxophonist David S. Ware's quartet, alongside Parker himself and a series of drummers (Marc Edwards, Susie Ibarra, Guillermo E. Brown, Whit Dickey).  As a member of Ware's quartet, Shipp recorded albums for Homestead ( Cryptology and DAO ), Thirsty Ear ( Threads , Live in the World , BalladWare ), AUM Fidelity (the label's first release, Wisdom of Uncertainty , as well as Corridors & Parallels , Freedom Suite , and Renunciation ), Silkheart ( Great Bliss, Vol. 1 Great Bliss, Vol. 2 , Oblations and Blessings ), Columbia ( Go See the World , Surrendered ), and DIW ( Flight of I , Third Ear Recitation , Earthquation , Godspelized ). 
In addition, the rhythm section of Shipp, Parker, and Brown recorded Ware compositions without Ware in 2003, released by Splasc(H) Records as The Trio Plays Ware , and Shipp and Ware performed as a duo, recorded in concert and released by AUM Fidelity as Live in Sant'Anna Arresi, 2004 .  In 2001, Gary Giddens wrote for The Village Voice that "The David S. Ware Quartet is the best small band in jazz today".  After Ware's death, Shipp wrote, “Some have compared our unit to the classic Coltrane quartet, but the members of our group all brought something to the table that only someone playing now could bring—resulting in a gestalt that is of its time and does not look back. When free jazz seemed like a spent force, he brought something new—and greatly beautiful—to it.” 
Shipp was also a member of Roscoe Mitchell’s Note Factory, which Shipp said "could be seen as an extension of some post-Coltrane concepts, but in Roscoe's hands it is extended technique with multiple pulses", noting "[Mitchell's] insistence at all times of transcending cliché". 
Shipp has recorded or performed with many other musicians, including High Priest and Beans of Antipop Consortium, Michael Bisio, Daniel Carter, DJ Spooky, El-P, Mat Maneri, Joe Morris, Ivo Perelman, Mat Walerian, Allen Lowe, and Chad Fowler. He has also co-led the group East Axis, with bassist Kevin Ray, drummer Gerald Cleaver, and saxophonists Allen Lowe (first album) and Scott Robinson (second album).
The New York Times has noted Shipp's curatorial work for Thirsty Ear Records as "one of the label's chief consultants and most prolific artists".  Shipp's own releases on the label include 2011's double-disc album, entitled Art of the Improviser ; AllMusic called the work a "testament to Shipp's achievements, yet it is also a continuation of the discovery in his developmental musical language"  and the Chicago Tribune called the project "monumental" and "galvanic as ever".  Thirsty Ear also released Shipp's 2013 solo record Piano Sutras , which PopMatters described as "the kind of record we talk about and play for each other decades later ... music that frames up a whole history: of an artist, of listeners, of the artists who formed the history of the art form, of the culture and time that allowed this art to flourish".  This was followed by 2015's The Conduct of Jazz , the first album by Shipp's trio with bassist Michael Bisio and drummer Newman Taylor Baker.
Shipp's work with the France-based RogueArt imprint began with the 2006 album Salute to 100001 Stars: A Tribute to Jean Genet by the group Declared Enemy (Sabir Mateen, Shipp, William Parker, and Gerald Cleaver). From 2006 to 2013, Shipp appeared on five albums released through RogueArt, one of which ( Un Piano ) billed Shipp as leader; from 2015 to 2022, the label put out six more albums with Shipp as leader, and another nine on which he was co-billed with, among others, Mark Helias, Nate Wooley, William Parker, Mat Maneri, John Butcher, and Evan Parker. 
Shipp began working with ESP-Disk with the Shipp/Mat Walerian duo album Live at Okuden , billed as The Uppercut. Issued in 2015, it was the last new release approved by ESP-Disk’ founder Bernard Stollman.  All four of Walerian's albums with Shipp have been released on ESP-Disk’. Shipp's first ESP albums as leader were a quartet album, Sonic Fiction, and a solo album, Zer0, both issued in 2018. After that, he released several albums by his trio with Michael Bisio and Newman Taylor Baker: Signature, The Unidentifiable, and World Construct.  The latter was called “a career-defining album” and awarded five stars by critic Mike Hobart in the Financial Times.  In 2022 a duo album by Shipp and Ivo Perelman, Fruition, was released by ESP, with NPR's Nate Chinen stating in his review, "The freeform alchemy between Brazilian saxophonist Ivo Perelman and American pianist Matthew Shipp is by now a proven fact: rarely do two musicians achieve a higher flow state in real time." 
In 2020, Longtime Shipp collaborator Whit Dickey started a label called Tao Forms; as of January 2023, the label had released two Shipp albums, The Piano Equation and Codebreaker, both solo releases, and four further albums on which he collaborates. 
|1988||Sonic Explorations||Cadence Jazz||Duo with Rob Brown (alto sax)|
|1992||Points||Silkheart||Quartet with Rob Brown (alto sax), William Parker (bass), Whit Dickey (drums)|
|1992||Circular Temple||Quinton||Trio with William Parker (bass), Whit Dickey (drums)|
|1994||Zo||Rise||Duo with William Parker (bass)|
|1995||Critical Mass||2.13.61||Quartet with Mat Maneri (violin), William Parker (bass), Whit Dickey (drums)|
|1996||Symbol Systems||No More||Solo piano|
|1996||Prism||Brinkman||Trio with William Parker (bass), Whit Dickey (drums)|
|1996||2-Z||2.13.61||Duo with Roscoe Mitchell (saxophones)|
|1997||The Flow of X||2.13.61||Quartet with Mat Maneri (violin), William Parker (bass), Whit Dickey (drums)|
|1997||Before the World||FMP||Solo piano|
|1997||By the Law of Music||hatHUT||String Trio with Mat Maneri (violin), William Parker (bass)|
|1997||Thesis||hatOLOGY||Duo with Joe Morris (guitar)|
|1998||The Multiplication Table||hatOLOGY||Trio with William Parker (bass), Susie Ibarra (drums)|
|1998||Strata||hatOLOGY||Quartet with Roy Campbell (trumpet), Daniel Carter (saxophones, flute, trumpet), William Parker (bass)|
|1999||DNA||Thirsty Ear||Duo with William Parker (bass)|
|1999||Magnetism||Bleu Regard||Solo, duo and trio performances with Rob Brown (alto sax, flute), William Parker (bass)|
|2000||Gravitational Systems||hatOLOGY||Duo with Mat Maneri (violin)|
|2000||Pastoral Composure||Thirsty Ear||Quartet with Roy Campbell (trumpet), William Parker (bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums)|
|2001||Expansion, Power, Release||hatOLOGY||String Trio with Mat Maneri (violin), William Parker (bass)|
|2001||New Orbit||Thirsty Ear||Quartet with Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet), William Parker (bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums)|
|2002||Nu Bop||Thirsty Ear||With William Parker (bass), Guillermo E. Brown (drums), Daniel Carter (sax, flute), FLAM (synths, programming)|
|2003||Equilibrium||Thirsty Ear||With William Parker (bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums), Khan Jamal (vibes), FLAM (synths, programming)|
|2003||Antipop vs. Matthew Shipp||Thirsty Ear|
|2003||The GoodandEvil Sessions||Thirsty Ear||With Roy Campbell (trumpet), Alex Lodico, Josh Roseman (trombone), Miso (turntables), William Parker (bass), Danny Blume (drums, guitar, programming), Chris Kelly (drums, programming)|
|2003||The Sorcerer Sessions||Thirsty Ear||With Evan Ziporyn (clarinets), William Parker (bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums), FLAM (synths, programming), Daniel Bernard Roumain (violin)|
|2004||The Trio Plays Ware||Splasc(h)||Trio with William Parker (bass), Guillermo E. Brown (drums)|
|2004||Harmony and Abyss||Thirsty Ear||With William Parker (bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums), FLAM (synths, drums programming)|
|2005||In Finland||Cadence Jazz||Trio with Joe McPhee (soprano sax, trumpet), Dominic Duval (bass)|
|2005||One||Thirsty Ear||Solo piano|
|2006||Phenomena of Interference||Hopscotch||With Steve Dalachinsky|
|2006||Salute to 100001 Stars – A Tribute to Jean Genet||RogueArt||As the band Declared Enemy; with Sabir Mateen (alto sax, flute, clarinet), William Parker (bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums), Denis Lavant (spoken words)|
|2007||Piano Vortex||Thirsty Ear||Trio with Joe Morris (bass), Whit Dickey (drums)|
|2007||Abbey Road Duos||Treader||Duo with Evan Parker (tenor sax, soprano sax)|
|2008||Right Hemisphere||RogueArt||As the band Right Hemisphere; quartet with Rob Brown (alto sax), Joe Morris (bass), Whit Dickey (drums)|
|2008||Un Piano||RogueArt||Solo piano|
|2008||Cosmic Suite||Not Two||Quartet with Daniel Carter (reeds), Joe Morris (bass), Whit Dickey (drums)|
|2009||Harmonic Disorder||Thirsty Ear||Trio with Joe Morris (bass), Whit Dickey (drums)|
|2010||4D||Thirsty Ear||Solo piano|
|2010||SAMA||Not Two||Duo with Sabir Mateen (reeds)|
|2010||Creation Out of Nothing (Live in Moscow)||SoLyd||Solo piano|
|2011||Night Logic||RogueArt||Trio with Marshall Allen (alto sax, flute, EVI), Joe Morris (bass)|
|2011||Art of the Improviser||Thirsty Ear||Solo piano and trio with Michael Bisio (bass), Whit Dickey (drums)|
|2011||SaMa Live in Moscow||SoLyd||Duo with Sabir Mateen (saxophone)|
|2011||Cosmic Lieder||AUM Fidelity||Duo with Darius Jones (alto sax)|
|2011||Broken Partials||Not Two||Duo with Joe Morris (bass)|
|2012||Elastic Aspects||Thirsty Ear||Trio with Michael Bisio (bass), Whit Dickey (drums)|
|2012||Floating Ice||Relative Pitch||Duo with Michael Bisio (bass)|
|2013||Rex, Wrecks & XXX||RogueArt||Duo with Evan Parker (tenor sax)|
|2013||Piano Sutras||Thirsty Ear||Solo piano|
|2014||Root of Things||Relative Pitch||Trio with Michael Bisio (bass), Whit Dickey (drums)|
|2014||The Darkseid Recital||AUM Fidelity||Duo with Darius Jones (alto sax)|
|2014||I've Been to Many Places||Thirsty Ear||Solo piano|
|2015||To Duke||RogueArt||Trio with Michael Bisio (bass), Whit Dickey (drums)|
|2015||Live at Okuden||ESP-Disk||As the band The Uppercut; with Mat Walerian (reeds)|
|2015||The Gospel According to Matthew & Michael||Relative Pitch||Chamber Ensemble; trio with Mat Maneri (viola), Michael Bisio (bass)|
|2015||Our Lady of the Flowers||RogueArt||As the band Declared Enemy; quartet with Sabir Mateen (tenor sax, clarinet), William Parker (bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums)|
|2015||The Conduct of Jazz||Thirsty Ear||Trio with Michael Bisio (bass), Newman Taylor Baker (drums)|
|2016||Live in Seattle||Arena Music Promotion||Duo with Michael Bisio (bass)|
|2016||Live at Okuden||ESP-Disk||As the band Jungle; with Mat Walerian (reeds), Hamid Drake (drums)|
|2016||Cactus||Northern Spy||Duo with Bobby Kapp (drums)|
|2017||Piano Song||Thirsty Ear||Trio with Michael Bisio (bass), Newman Taylor Baker (drums)|
|2017||Invisible Touch At Taktlos Zürich||hatOLOGY||Solo piano|
|2017||This Is Beautiful Because We Are Beautiful People||ESP-Disk||As the band Toxic; with Mat Walerian (reeds), William Parker (bass, shakuhachi)|
|2017||Not Bound||Fortune||Quartet with Daniel Carter (reeds), Michael Bisio (bass), Whit Dickey (drums)|
|2018||Accelerated Projection||RogueArt||Duo with Roscoe Mitchell (tenor & soprano sax, flute)|
|2018||Sonic Fiction||ESP-Disk||Quartet with Mat Walerian (reeds), Michael Bisio (bass), Whit Dickey (drums)|
|2019||Signature||ESP-Disk||Trio with Michael Bisio, Newman Taylor Baker|
|2020||The Unidentifiable||ESP-Disk||Trio with Michael Bisio, Newman Taylor Baker|
|2020||The Piano Equation||TAO Forms||Solo piano|
|2021||Codebreaker||TAO Forms||Solo piano|
|2022||World Construct||ESP-Disk||Trio with Michael Bisio, Newman Taylor Baker|
|1991||David S. Ware||Great Bliss, Vol. 1||Silkheart|
|1991||David S. Ware||Great Bliss, Vol. 2||Silkheart|
|1992||David S. Ware||Flight of I||DIW/Columbia|
|1993||David S. Ware||Third Ear Recitation||DIW|
|1994||David S. Ware||Earthquation||DIW|
|1995||David S. Ware||Cryptology||Homestead|
|1996||David S. Ware||Oblations and Blessings||Silkheart|
|1996||David S. Ware||DAO||Homestead|
|1996||David S. Ware||Godspelized||DIW|
|1997||David S. Ware||Wisdom of Uncertainty||AUM Fidelity|
|1998||David S. Ware||Go See the World||Columbia|
|2000||David S. Ware||Surrendered||Columbia|
|2001||David S. Ware||Corridors & Parallels||AUM Fidelity|
|2002||David S. Ware||Freedom Suite||AUM Fidelity|
|2003||David S. Ware||Threads||Thirsty Ear|
|2005||David S. Ware||Live in the World||Thirsty Ear|
|2006||David S. Ware||BalladWare||Thirsty Ear|
|2007||David S. Ware||Renunciation||AUM Fidelity|
|2009||David S. Ware||Live in Vilnius||NoBusiness|
|2016||David S. Ware||Live in Sant'Anna Arresi, 2004||AUM Fidelity|
|1997||Rob Brown||Blink of an Eye||No More|
|1998||Mat Maneri||So What?||hatOLOGY|
|2001||Whit Dickey||Life Cycle||AUM Fidelity|
|2017||Whit Dickey||Vessel in Orbit||AUM Fidelity|
|2004||El-P||High Water||Thirsty Ear|
|1992||Roscoe Mitchell||This Dance Is for Steve McCall||Black Saint|
|1999||Roscoe Mitchell||Nine to Get Ready||ECM|
|2003||Roscoe Mitchell||The Bad Guys||Around Jazz|
|2014||Jemeel Moondoc||The Zookeeper's House||Relative Pitch|
|2018||Jemeel Moondoc||The Astral Revelations||RogueArt|
|2000||Other Dimensions In Music||Time Is of the Essence Is Beyond Time||Homestead|
|1996||Ivo Perelman||Cama de Terra||Homestead|
|1997||Ivo Perelman||Bendito of Santa Cruz||Cadence Jazz|
|1999||Ivo Perelman||Brazilian Watercolour||Leo|
|2011||Ivo Perelman||The Hour of the Star||Leo|
|2012||Ivo Perelman||The Foreign Legion||Leo|
|2012||Ivo Perelman||The Clairvoyant||Leo|
|2012||Ivo Perelman||The Gift||Leo|
|2013||Ivo Perelman||The Edge||Leo|
|2013||Ivo Perelman||The Art of the Duet, Volume One||Leo|
|2013||Ivo Perelman||A Violent Dose of Anything||Leo|
|2014||Ivo Perelman||Book of Sound||Leo|
|2014||Ivo Perelman||The Other Edge||Leo|
|2015||Ivo Perelman||Butterfly Whispers||Leo|
|2015||Ivo Perelman||Complementary Colors||Leo|
|2016||Ivo Perelman||The Art Of The Improv Trio Volume 3||Leo|
|2017||Ivo Perelman||The Art Of Perelman-Shipp Volume 1: Titan||Leo|
|2017||Ivo Perelman||The Art Of Perelman-Shipp Volume 2: Tarvos||Leo|
|2017||Ivo Perelman||The Art Of Perelman-Shipp Volume 3: Pandora||Leo|
|2017||Ivo Perelman||The Art Of Perelman-Shipp Volume 4: Hyperion||Leo|
|2017||Ivo Perelman||The Art Of Perelman-Shipp Volume 5: Rhea||Leo|
|2017||Ivo Perelman||The Art Of Perelman-Shipp Volume 6: Saturn||Leo|
|2017||Ivo Perelman||The Art Of Perelman-Shipp Volume 7: Dione||Leo|
|2017||Ivo Perelman||Live in Brussels||Leo|
|2017||Ivo Perelman||Live in Baltimore||Leo|
|2017||Ivo Perelman||Philosopher's Stone||Leo|
William Parker is an American free jazz double bassist. Beginning in the 1980s, Parker played with Cecil Taylor for over a decade, and he has led the Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra since 1981. The Village Voice named him "the most consistently brilliant free jazz bassist of all time" and DownBeat has called him "one of the most adventurous and prolific bandleaders in jazz".
Mat Maneri is an American composer, violin, and viola player. He is the son of the saxophonist Joe Maneri and Sonja Maneri.
AUM Fidelity is an independent record label in New York City primarily devoted to avant-garde jazz artists such as William Parker, Matthew Shipp, and David S. Ware. It has also released recordings by improvisational rock band Shrimp Boat and exclusively distributes the CaseQuarter and Riti labels. It was founded in 1997 by former Homestead Records label manager Steven Joerg.
Ivo Perelman is a Brazilian free jazz saxophonist born in São Paulo.
Mat Walerian is a jazz saxophonist and woodwind player, composer and bandleader who specializes in improvisation and avant-garde music.
Great Bliss, Vol. 1 is an album by American jazz saxophonist David S. Ware recorded in 1990 and released on the Swedish Silkheart label. Great Bliss was conceived as a two-installment project and marks the debut of the David S. Ware Quartet, one of the most highly acclaimed musical groups of the decade.
Cryptology is an album by jazz saxophonist David S. Ware, recorded in 1994 and released by Homestead Records.
The Flow of X is an album by the American jazz pianist Matthew Shipp, recorded in 1995 and released on the 2.13.61 label. It features a quartet with violinist Mat Maneri, bassist William Parker and drummer Whit Dickey, the same lineup as the previous album Critical Mass. The liner notes include a piece by Shipp comparing boxing and jazz.
By the Law of Music is an album by American jazz pianist Matthew Shipp which was recorded in 1996 and released on the Swiss HatART label. It was re-released on the hatOLOGY imprint in 2002.
The Multiplication Table is an album by the American jazz pianist Matthew Shipp, recorded in 1997 and released on the Swiss hatOLOGY label.
Strata is an album by the American jazz pianist Matthew Shipp, recorded in 1997 and released on the Swiss hatOLOGY label.
Expansion, Power, Release is an album by American jazz pianist Matthew Shipp which was recorded in 1999 and released on the Swiss hatOLOGY label. It was the second album by his String Trio with violinist Mat Maneri and bassist William Parker, the first was By the Law of Music.
Live at Okuden is an album by avant-garde jazz duet "The Uppercut : Matthew Shipp Mat Walerian duo" featuring pianist Matthew Shipp and alto saxophonist Mat Walerian, which was recorded live in 2012 at the Okuden Music concert series and released in 2015 on the New York City, Brooklyn based avant-garde record label ESP-Disk'.
Art of the Improviser is a double CD by American jazz pianist Matthew Shipp featuring two 2010 live performances, a trio date at The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, New York and a solo piano recital at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City. It was released on Thirsty Ear's Blue Series.
To Duke is an album by American jazz pianist Matthew Shipp, which was recorded in 2014 and released on the French RogueArt label. The album is a tribute to Duke Ellington, featuring Shipp's trio with bassist Michael Bisio and drummer Whit Dickey playing seven Ellington classics plus some Shipp compositions.
The Gospel According to Matthew & Michael is an album by American jazz pianist Matthew Shipp, which was recorded in 2014 and released on Relative Pitch. It was the first recording featuring his Chamber Ensemble, a trio with Michael Bisio on bass and Mat Maneri on viola. Shipp led in the late 1990s and early 2000s a similar group with Maneri and bassist William Parker: the String Trio, who recorded the albums By the Law of Music and Expansion, Power, Release.
The Trio Plays Ware is an album by American jazz pianist Matthew Shipp performing music composed by saxophonist David S. Ware, which was recorded in 2003 and released on the Italian Splasc(H) label. The trio with Shipp, bassist William Parker and drummer Guillermo E. Brown was at the time of the recording the rhythm section of the David S. Ware Quartet.
Live at Okuden is a live double album by avant-garde jazz trio Jungle, featuring alto saxophonist Mat Walerian, pianist Matthew Shipp and drummer Hamid Drake. It was recorded in 2012 at the Okuden Music Concert Series, and was released in 2016 on the Brooklyn-based avant-garde record label ESP-Disk'.
Piano Song is an album by the Matthew Shipp Trio, led by American jazz pianist Matthew Shipp, recorded in 2016 and released on Thirsty Ear's Blue Series. It was the second recording by his trio with Michael Bisio on bass and Newman Taylor Baker on drums.
Bobby Kapp is an American jazz drummer.