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Zo

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Zo

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
William Parker
Producers:
Rise
genre:
Jazz

We gave it a B+

In pianist Matthew Shipp’s striking reworking of the Gershwins’ ”Summertime,” the living is anything but easy. With William Parker’s arco bass work providing a nervous background buzz, this player-to-watch of the jazz avant-garde (whose intense performances often end with blood on the keys) evokes a world fraught with danger, in Zo. His lines — heavy, disconsolate, yet clear — show occasional indebtedness to Cecil Taylor, but they’re more accessible. B+

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