Friday, April 07, 2017

Ivo Perelman - The Art of Perelman - Shipp Vol. 5: Rhea (Leo Records, 2017)

Ivo Perelman and Matthew Shipp share a unique enthusiasm about life and music and use this outlook to create an impressive method of interacting with other musicians that is continuously lively and refreshing. Volume five of The Art of Perelman - Shipp series returns to the quartet format with a crackling band consisting of Perelman on tenor saxophone, Shipp on piano, Michael Bisio on bass and Whit Dickey on drums. Perelman's quavering sound ushers in "Part 1" with an emotional and distinctive saxophone tone leading the way over simmering rhythm accompaniment, developing a memorable collective improvisation, that buzzes loud and furiously in a powerful performance. This is a lengthy improvisation, and Perelman steps aside at one point for a potent section of piano, bass and drums before returning and melding with the group and building up to a powerful finish from a fine bass solo. "Part 2" develops from a subtle and strong foundation, allowing the music to move in any direction the four choose, easing into "Part 3" which kneads in a boiling free-bop sensibility of rippling piano, taut bass and drums, and Perelman's epic post-Ayler tenor saxophone. The rhythm section is in fine mettle with Shipp dropping the occasional lower end depth charge, and Bisio and Dickey shifting the pulse and swing of the music relentlessly. Raw and rending sounds splice though "Part 4" creating interesting musical shapes that are in continuous motion within which the band's energy and patience gives the music a readily identifiable sound. Subtle and impressive bass opens "Part 5" setting the pace for the exhilarating entry of the remaining instruments. From this a vital collective improvisation that is born, with the music bursting out like a supernovae, enlightening everything around it. There is a flurry of notes from Perelman's saxophone that takes the music to an even higher level with muscular accompaniment which powers the music while also dynamically allowing the music to breathe in space and time. "Part 6" has Pelelman's saxophone sweeping across the sound stage, interacting with his fellow musicians and letting the moment fearlessly take them into their improvisation. The music turns darker and harsher, like a sudden storm that comes crashing down from the sky, climaxing in a massive downpour of sound that is one of the most thrilling aspects of this album. The concluding "Part 7" develops a quieter and moodier sound, building into a bracing improvisation of shifting rhythm and stark peals of saxophone. Ivo Perelman and Matthew Shipp have a very strong work ethic as can be seen on this album and on the series as a whole. They have a seemingly limitless well of ideas and use them to create endlessly compelling music. Vol 5: Rhea -

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