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DARIUS JONES & MATTHEW SHIPP ..The Darkseid Recital ..AAUM088



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1.Celestial Fountain .2:36 (MP3 Excerpt)
2 .2,327,694,748 .6:42
3 .Granny Goodness .4:30
4 .Gardens of Yivaroth .6:28
(MP3 Excerpt)
5 .Lord of Woe .6:03
6 .Life Equation . 4:05
(MP3 Excerpt)
7 .Sepulchre of Mandrakk . 5:01
8 .Divine Engine . 4:09
9 .Novu’s Final Gift . 5:48
(MP3 Excerpt)

All compositions by Darius Jones & Matthew Shipp;
published by AstonBoymusic / Matt Shipp Music (ASCAP)

 

 

 

..........Darius Jones: alto saxophone
..........Matthew Shipp: piano


"4-Stars. There is an absolute absence of hesitation in these pieces. The sound of peers who use improvisation not as mere inquiry about the nature of sound and song, but as a form of discovery that they confidently communicate in a welcoming fashion by delivering their music with uncompromising sophistication, rigorous discipline, and -- above all -- passion." –Thom Jurek, AllMusic


"Not just peers, but comrades who share the same conception of jazz, one that’s based on earnestness, beauty and impulse. Unpredictability and real passion characterizes The Darkseid Recital as a whole, just as it did for Cosmic Lieder, but those things are magnified by doing it from the stage." –S. Victor Aaron, Something Else!


"Large, thrilling duets of avant-garde jazz-blues. It frequently sounds like more than two people, rafting on the white water of their surging imaginations." –Britt Robson, Wondering Sound


"4 Stars. A very serious and satisfying album, lament-laden in its best parts (for instance at the beginning of ‘Life Equation’) Jones magisterial in his achingly contoured opaque legato phrases, Shipp inventive harmonically in poetic atonality beneath the abstract saxophonic confessional. The agony and the ecstasy, it’s all here." –MARLBANK

"Jones and Shipp’s first duo release Cosmic Lieder was fresh, vibrant, and sympathetic, one of my favorite jazz releases of 2011. All those qualities are amplified on this sophomore outing. With deep experience and a shared improvisational milieu, the pair’s contrasting styles but deep commitment to exploration make this release as buoyantly expressive as it is pensive. .. one comes away more impressed than ever with the range and the invention of this pair."
–Jason Bivens, Point of Departure

"This is the Shipp-Jones duo at its apex, combining emotional intensity with technical ingenuity, channeling the big sound of each player into structures that highlight their razor sharp reflexes. The Darkseid Recital is also storytelling of visceral, uncompromising power." –Jazzwise


The intergenerational partnership of alto saxophonist Darius Jones and pianist Matthew Shipp seamlessly meshes the talents of two of the most gifted and restlessly inventive instrumentalists-composers-improvisers-leaders working today. This singular duo project was first revealed in 2011 on their 13-part song cycle Cosmic Lieder, which was rightfully hailed as an original and compelling work of great emotional and intellectual heft. "It fascinates for its emotional and conceptual richness," wrote the BBC's Kevin Le Gendre. Jazziz' Jeff Jackson added, “they pack more genuine drama into three minutes than many performers could create in an entire album.” And Jason Bivens offered in Dusted, "These duo performances are truly sympathetic and move at the molecular level, making each piece wonderfully dense with information and ideas."

Since that first communion, Jones & Shipp have continued to develop their distinct song world live in performance. The Darkseid Recital is their new set of cosmic lieder, triple-distilled from recordings of astonishing NYC engagements at Jazz Standard and The Stone. The songs’ approaches here range from lyrical & gentle ear blessings to liquid flows of notes designed for caress to a full-frequency of human hearing range intensity that can potentially be quite frightening. All of them are rendered with exquisite control of touch & breath on their respective instruments and a laser-sharp focused intent toward communication, resulting in an album that is suffused with the sounds of both warm embrace and a mutual cognizance of the dark energy that humanity is fraught with. –SJ


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