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TRIPTYCH 2 Digital Release

by Ivo Perelman, Matthew Shipp

Side A 18:58
Side B 17:29


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

The duo of pianist Matthew Shipp and tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman has an inner synergy that is different than most musical partnerships. The two musicians have not only become increasingly more in sync with one another, their fused artistry has evolved with every new release. Shipp had this to say about their work “"Ivo and I, over a period of time, have generated a self consistent universe that is a constantly expanding universe. How it continues to expand is a mystery even to us. We put ourselves in alignment to the laws of this universe and let it use us. All we can do to prepare for the next expansion is to extend our own concept on our instruments between sessions . The collective effect between the two of us is a miracle."

The music here was recorded in December of 2021 and like the majority of their recordings is entirely improvised. The tracks on the LP portion of this box set, similar to the contents of the other two formats, are parts of a hauntingly introspective performance. Perelman’s muscular tenor meanders within Shipp’s percussive and angular chords. The echo of each instrument resonates against the other for a dramatic effect.

There are rolling piano arpeggios and fiery saxophone lines that alternate with serene and pensive exchanges. The undercurrent of melancholy permeates both types of dialogue. In addition to a wistful mood there is a subtle mysticism to this spontaneous creation. Here, as well as elsewhere on this release the pair sounds as a single unit with two distinct individual voices. This difficult feat that the two men elegantly achieve is what gives their musical output its singularity.

Shipp’s crisp and resoundant refrains boom and thunder while Perelman’s wails shimmer like lightning. The darkly hued music evolves with an otherworldly lyricism especially on the B side of the record. Shipp contributes a brief, emotive sonata that contrasts with the energetic repartee that follows. The poetic intensity, the contemplative spirituality of this mesmerizing extemporization make Triptichon one of the most exquisite of Perelman and Shipp releases. A hard task as their joint discography is consistently brilliant.


released December 16, 2022

Recorded , mixed and mastered by James Clouse at Parkwest studios on dec 2021

Digital LP-Release / SMP-014

Produced by Johannes Selig, SMP Records 2022, Germany. LC-20715


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