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Perelman / Shipp / Cleaver – The Art of the Improv Trio: Volume 3

The 3rd part of NY/Brazilian saxophonist Ivo Perelman's "Art of the Improv Trio" series, with Matthew Shipp on piano and Gerald Cleaver on drums, each an essential element in the interplay and subtle skills of these masterful players, with Perelman's voice exceptionally strong as he demonstrates the full range of his sax through free and melodic passage.

"This stuff is fun to be involved in as a musician, and deep in intent, process and potential. It fosters an open ended but rooted version of jazz that never pins itself down, is always free to mutate to where the impetus of the language wants to take it, and is executed with the sure hand of players who take their craft very seriously." - Matthew Shipp 

"Anyone hesitant to commit to all six volumes of The Art of the Improv Trio or unsure where to make your approach—I encourage you to give Vol. 3 a try." Free Jazz Blog


Matthew Shipp / piano

Ivo Perelman / tenor saxophone

Gerald Cleaver / drums


Recorded, mixed and mastered at Parkwest studios, Brooklyn, NY July 2015

Available as 320k MP3 or 16bit FLAC 


1. Part 1. - 6:06
2. Part 2. - 7:06
3. Part 3. - 5:08
4. Part 4. - 6:22
5. Part 5. - 4:55
6. Part 6. - 4:12
7. Part 7. - 3:49
8. Part 8. - 4:21
9. Part 9. - 6:31


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

Gerald Cleaver

Gerald Cleaver is one of the New York jazz scene’s leading drummer/composers, who covers a wide range of stylistic ground. Having played with jazz masters Tommy Flanagan, Barry Harris and Ray Bryant as well as the leading lights of the AACM, Roscoe Mitchell, Muhal Richard Abrams, Wadada Leo Smith and Henry Threadgill, he is a product of many traditions within creative music.