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 improvising together for several years now and have developed a seamless camaraderie. Although examples of productive partnerships are many in music, very few have the uniqueness of the Shipp/Perelman association. To quote Perelman, himself, “Me and Matthew have a very special musical rapport. We seem to keep developing in parallel for decades now so we never get tired of playing together, we are always avoiding comfort zones , it is always a thrill and a very rewarding experience for us to play music together.”
This special artistic bond is what makes the Triptichon, a triple format release, a stimulating and totally absorbing listening experience. Recorded in December of 2021, the cassette tape contains slightly over 30 minutes of continuous music split over two sides. It is a contemplative set with a dramatic ambience. Pereleman’ yearning lines unfurl elegantly over Shipp’s resonant chords. While Shipp’s angular pianism matches Perelman’s fiery tenor in passion.
The intricately woven cascade of contrasting and complementing notes develops with vibrant dynamism. The resulting duet is both intense and introspective with carefully placed silent pauses that enhance the tense mood. Shipp lets loose reverberating refrains while Perelman blows quivering lines until the two of them come together for a series of somber and meditative exchanges.
As this “conversation” progresses it retains, throughout, its melancholic edge. There are even some bluesy hints in Shipp’s playing that pepper his delightfully dissonant extemporization. Perelman, in his turn, maintains a lyrical edge to his unbridled spontaneous phrases both individually as part of his overall performance. Both men create the musical equivalent of free verse with a singular and moving inner cadence that captivates and thrills.
The ebb and flow of ideas remain simultaneously thought provoking and moving within a mystical ambience. Whether Shipp gently plays sparse notes or spiritedly percusses his keys he maintains an understated spirituality. Similarly, Perelman even when he performs forlorn lines or blows with gusto on his saxophone he maintains a connection to the ethereal world.
The works on all three formats of Triptichon are complementary in timber and mood and thus maintain a thematic cohesiveness. Both individually and together they represent new creative heights for both Perelman and Shipp. A difficult achievement as both men have uniformly superb oeuvres.
released December 16, 2022
Recorded , mixed and mastered by James Clouse at Parkwest studios on dec 2021
Digital Tape-Release / SMP-015
Produced by Johannes Selig, SMP Records 2022, Germany. LC-20715