The TRIPTYCHON Edition was originally conceived to be released as CD-LP-Cassette-Box-Set and was specifically recorded for three types of formats.
Line Notes by Hrayr Attarian
Tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman and pianist Matthew Shipp have been collaborating for several years. This artistic kinship has resulted in many superb releases all of which are on a singular creative continuum. Both are improvisers par excellence and their relationship not only has honed their individual skills but also crystalized their joint sound. Therefore Triptichon, recorded in December 2021 recording, is an exquisite example of the unique Shipp/Perelman style.
The CD consists of a dozen, interlinked, duets that are similar to variations on a theme. The performances are quite introspective in keeping with those on the cassette tape and the LP. Early on, Perelman with his eloquent forlorn lines and Shipp with his resonant, percussive chords create a tense atmosphere. Intriguingly the two musicians both mirror one another and embark on individual, sometimes divergent musings. With both Shipp and Perelman exchanging shorter, fiery refrains the music becomes more energetic and delightful dissonant without losing its contemplative nature.
Midway through the set, individual, cascading keys and brief, honking saxophone phrases give the stimulating extemporization a crisp angularity. This, again within a pensive mood and a thoughtful, emotive atmosphere. Often bluesy hints pepper these musical dialogues as Perelman’s tenor reverberates with gusto and Shipp lets loose a series of simmering, soulful notes. Even when these repartees are broken down their very basic notal elements they remain intricate, provocative and suave.
The concluding tunes are yearningly melancholic with the disc’s undercurrent of spirituality rising to the forefront. Perelman’s wistful phrases meander with Shipp’s darkly shimmering notes and the overlapping sounds of the instruments moves with its lithe and sublime ebb and flow. A haunting and somber piece closes the set with Shipp’s spare meditative pianism and Perelman’s lyrical, sinewy phrases creating serene and dynamic poetry.
Regardless of which format is heard first, the music on this tripartite work flows with elegance in a perfect circular. Indeed changing the listening order will lead to new and thrilling discoveries everytime. It is hard to imagine that these two musicians can outdo the ingenuity of their past output but here they certainly have achieved that. Triptichon is definitely an apogee of both men’s careers.
released December 16, 2022
Recorded , mixed and mastered by James Clouse at Parkwest studios on jan 2022
Digital CD-Release / SMP-013
Produced by Johannes Selig, SMP Records 2022, Germany. LC-20715
supported by 29 fans who also own “TRIPTYCH 1 Digital Release”
A very interesting album. At a few places I keep asking myself: Was this composed by Arnold Schönberg (or his disciples)? Anyway, I'm all for skilled musicians exploring the boundary (if one exists) between jazz and classical. Thumbs up! jyrki63