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Ivo Perelman & Matthew Shipp – Complementary Colors

According to Perelman, one plus one equals more than two. Red plus blue equals more than purple. Hearing and seeing give you an infinite spectrum of colours and sounds. "In this music, the colours wash and swing and swirl and vibrate, reaching a splendid resonance throughout the audiovisual spectrum." - Neil Tesser

"For this one, as evidenced by the album’s title, [Perelman] chose colors that, when mixed together, negate each other to become a grey-scale color like white or black. When placed side-by-side, however, these same colors create a strong contrast; they appear more vibrant and alive. Likewise, the sounds and moods that Perelman and Shipp conjure up are enlivened by the contrasts between them." - Derek Stone


Matthew Shipp / piano

Ivo Perelman / tenor saxophone


Recorded, mixed and mastered at Parkwest studios, Brooklyn NY, April 2015.

Available as 320k MP3 or 16bit FLAC 


1. Violet - 5:03
2. Yellow - 5:09
3. Violet And Yellow - 4:48
4. Blue - 3:51
5. Red - 4:15
6. Blue And Red - 5:58
7. Green - 4:55
8. Magenta - 3:28
9. Green And Magenta - 2:44
10. White - 5:59

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

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