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Ivo Perelman & Matthew Shipp – The Art of the Duet

"There are several musical expressions which can be used to describe the main aspects of Matthew and Ivo's dialogue; color, ambience, sound, texture, relative densities, and speeds. The music here places these aspects front and centre in a dazzling display of spontaneous playing, accomplished by two voices in synch with each other both musically and spiritually. It is always a pleasure to hear musicians who know and love a certain style of playing, who commit themselves to a way of looking at music with complete honesty and integrity." - David Liebman

"Perelman and Shipp crystalise their long musical collaboration in the most intimate of performances, a duet between piano and sax. Without preparation, both musicians set to the task of co-creating their art of the duet, one of close listening, like-minded thinking and perfect inuition, and of course strong musical skill. This is not a romantic outing, but actually a rather harsh one at times, with abstract phrasing and timing." - Free Jazz Blog


Ivo Perelman / tenor saxophone

Matthew Shipp / piano


Recorded, mixed and mastered by Jim Clouse at Parkwest Studios, Brooklyn NY, September 2012.

Available as 320k MP3 or 16bit FLAC 


1. Duet #01 - 2:54
2. Duet #02 - 4:14
3. Duet #03 - 3:31
4. Duet #04 - 4:47
5. Duet #05 - 1:52
6. Duet #06 - 4:37
7. Duet #07 - 4:41
8. Duet #08 - 4:15
9. Duet #09 - 5:16
10. Duet #10 - 2:17
11. Duet #11 - 4:15
12. Duet #12 - 5:24
13. Duet #13 - 2:03

Ivo Perelman

Born in 1961 in São Paulo, Brazil, Perelman was a classical guitar prodigy who tried his hand at many other instruments – including cello, clarinet, and trombone – before gravitating to the tenor saxophone. His initial heroes were the cool jazz saxophonists Stan Getz and Paul Desmond. But although these artists’ romantic bent still shapes Perelman’s voluptuous improvisations, it would be hard to find their direct influence in the fiery, galvanic, iconoclastic solos that have become his trademark...[more]

"Perelman is one of the great saxophone virtuosi and exponents of spontaneous composition to have emerged in the past three decades." –Jazzwise

"Sax extraordinaire Ivo Perelman is one of the most advanced living practitioners of the tenor saxophone...the Brazilian-born sax master's ability to create out of thin air has few if any peers." – Something Else

Matthew Shipp

Steeped in the history of the jazz avant-garde yet with an unmistakeably individual voice, Matthew Shipp has established himself as one of the most important figures in American creative music today. Combining an uncompromising personal language with an exemplary eclecticism, Shipp has worked with an astonishing array of musicians, including Roscoe Mitchell, David S. Ware, Antipop Consortium, William Parker, Mat Maneri, Spring Heel Jack, J Spaceman, Evan Parker, and Nate Wooley.

“Shipp’s approach to the keyboard is a study of tone, decay, muscle, and grace . . . round filigree unfolding amid monumental bell-like clangs . . . rangy attack that volleys from dense clusters that nearly distort themselves to barely perceptible skims of the keyboard . . . stark and insistent and utterly massive.” – Clifford Allen, Tiny Mix Tapes