The Bad Plus: Prog. 2007. Do the Math Records/Heads Up International: HUCD 3125.
Reid Anderson: bass
Ethan Iverson: piano
David King: drums
More band than traditional piano trio, Bad Plus isn't afraid to rock out while still bringing a steady dose of heady arrangements and compositions. Prog puts new perspective on Tears for Fears, Burt Bacharach, David Bowie and Rush while the original compositions place a sustained energy that satisfy a balance of head and heart.
Matthew Shipp Duo with Roscoe Mitchell: 2-Z. 1996. Thirsty Ear: thi 21312.2.
Matthew Shipp: piano
Roscoe Mitchell: alto saxophone, soprano saxophone
The texture and intensity between these two improvisation masters continues to grow on me. Roscoe Mitchell is simply outstanding in this session as he spins something fierce as a collaborative force. This is early Matthew Shipp and what he's learned from the likes of Mitchell manifests itself on later recordings. Here he is just keeping up and painting a great canvas while Mitchell soars.
Erik Friedlander: Maldoror. 2003. Brassland: HWY-005.
Erik Friedlander: cello
"I am filthy" delivers on its namesake with quiet, hard, brutal strokes of the bow across the string. When "Flights of Starlings" follows it's as if the weight and dirt have lifted to accommodate the sky. Friedlander's surrealist solo effort is a stable in the rotation and it gets better with each listening.