But no one sounds like Matthew Shipp. ***
There seems to be an infinite number of jazz pianists making music right now, and with the success of “La La Land,” there will be many more. Bret Saunders (firstname.lastname@example.org) can be heard from 6 to 11 a.m. But if this is the beginning of a hiatus, at least we have this lingering statement of beauty from the Keith Jarrett of his generation. Wooley goes into deep detail in the accompanying notes of the four-CD set, explaining his approach and aesthetic goals. Related Articles
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Anyone following the fascinating career of University of Denver alumnus Nate Wooley knows that the trumpeter and composer is tirelessly staking out new musical territory. These smoldering, brief pieces of state-of-the-art funk and rock are the ideal showcase for Smith’s ageless post-Miles horn, Brandon Ross’ massive guitar sound, Melvin Gibbs’ more-thunderous-than-Thundercat bass, and the exhilarating drum fills of JT Lewis. ***
Shane Endsley and Dave King team up at Dazzle on March 14 … Wil Swindler’s Elevenet is scheduled for Nocturne March 15 … crowd-pleasing organist Joey DeFrancesco has two nights reserved at Dazzle, March 21-22 … The Funky Meters help the Fox Theatre celebrate its 25th anniversary on March 23 … bassist Victor Wooten brings his trio to the Boulder Theater March 25. Whether it was Wooley’s intention or not, this is the spiritual heir to the late trumpet genius Bill Dixon’s long-gone solo “Odyssey” box set. The music itself, which requires genuine concentration, is as rewarding as it is mesmerizing. He follows up last year’s ambitious long-form group works with a box set of extended solo trumpet performances, “The Complete Syllables Music” (Pleasure of the Text Records, out April 3). There have been indications from the man that he’s putting recording aside for the time being, but let’s hope that’s not true. Follow him on Twitter: @Bretontheradio Wooley rolls out numerous tones and forms of attack, sometimes accentuating his playing with what sounds like subtle touches of electronics. weekday mornings at KBCO 97.3 FM. Shipp’s spiraling, often Monk-like compositions have a way of getting inside your head. The effect of “Araminta” is that of a splash of cold water to the face of current jazz music, and in the first three months of 2017, I haven’t enjoyed any new recording as much. If you have the time and inclination for challenging sounds, Wooley is remarkable. Here are some exciting new releases, each boundary-pushing in its own way:
The trio Harriet Tubman has collaborated with trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith on a bracing set of tracks titled “Araminta” (Sunnyside Records). The chemistry of these artists, brought on by decades of collective wisdom, is ideal, and the level of communication is at a very high level. A deeply thoughtful and committed practitioner of the keyboard, he bids goodbye to the progressive Thirsty Ear label, where he released numerous modern classics, with a trio recording, “Piano Song.” For this date, Shipp interacts with bassist Michael Bisio and drummer Newman Taylor Baker to show off some of his warmest and friendliest music to date.