Rob Brown & Matthew Shipp

Saturday, October 12, 1996. 8:30 pm

“Brown’s lines are long and busy, coarsely vocal and raggedy – ended… Shipp has a percussive approach to the ivories, but keeps the fabric of his improvisations relatively lean”. Brown and Shipp have worked together for more than ten years, yet this will be their second appearance in the last five. Their duets will be both ferocious and delicate. ”

Alto saxophonist Rob Brown would feature highly on most people’s lists of modern purveyors of reed magic. Leading New York avant-garde bassist William Parker has featured Brown for the last fifteen years, and Brown has been associated, both as sideman and leader, with other well-known modern jazz musicians including Matthew Shipp, Joe Morris and Whit Dickey.

After moving to New York in 1984 he quickly became one of the leading lights in the New York jazz scene. Matthew Shipp has reached the holy grail of jazz in that he possesses a unique style on his instrument that is all of his own- and he’s one of the few in jazz that can say so.


Rob Brown and Matthew Shipp at Roulette 1996