Reviews that mention Mat Walerian

September 8, 2017


This is Beautiful because we are Beautiful People
ESP-Disk ESP 5011


The Long Road

Auricle Records AUR 16/17


A Wing Dissolved in Light

NoBusiness Records NBLP 105


Krakow Nights

Not Two MW-937-2

Something in the Air: New Excitement at the Guelph Jazz Festival

By Ken Waxman

After a couple of quiet years the annual Guelph Festival (GJF), September 13 to September 17, is newly energized and asserting its role as one of Canada’s most consistent showcases of adventurous music. Another reason for this year’s buzz is that besides the outstanding Canadian and American musicians consistently featured at the GJF, major European improvisers will be on hand as well. MORE

October 6, 2015

Matthew Shipp/Mat Walerian Duo

The Uppercut- Live at Okuden
ESP-Disk 5007

François Carrier/Michel Lambert/Rafal Mazur


NotTwo MW 928-2

Ocean Fanfare

Imagine Sounds Imagine Silences

Barefoot Records BFREC O40

Marco Eneidi Steamin’ 4

Panta Rei

ForTune 0047 034

P.U.R. Collective

Nichi Nichi Kore Ko Nichi

ForTune 0056 (006)

Something In The Air: Skilful Eastern European Musicians are No Polish Joke

By Ken Waxman

Since the realignment of east and west after the fall of the Berlin Wall, musicians of every stripe have found new playing opportunities and partners. In the former Soviet countries, one particularly fertile area for improvisers has been Poland. While westerners may figure Polish jazz begins and ends with Krzysztof Komeda’s score for Rosemary’s Baby and other Roman Polanski films, the country’s rich jazz history goes back to the 1920s and maintained its place during Communist rule. Today like the equivalent attention paid to their ancestral roots among the children of immigrants, western improvisers have discovered the fulfillment of working with Polish bands or having Polish musicians part of their groups. MORE

October 1, 2015

Matthew Shipp/Mat Walerian Duo

The Uppercut- Live at Okuden
ESP-Disk 5007

Matthew Shipp Quartet

Declared Enemy - Our Lady of the Flowers

RogueArt ROG-0057

Bobby Kapp

Themes 4 Transmutation

No Label No #

By Ken Waxman

With his mature artistry fully established following 20 years of recording and recent leadership of a working trio with Michael Bisio and Whit Dickey, pianist Matthew Shipp continues to defy conventions by trying out various formulas and partnerships. For example Declared Enemy - Our Lady of the Flowers is an extended meditation on nine of the keyboardist’s composition by Shipp plus bassist William Parker, tenor saxophonist/clarinetist Sabir Mateen and drummer Gerald Cleaver; all of whom he has collaborated with in the past. A sharp left turn The Uppercut - Live at Okuden is a first recording of a meeting of minds between Shipp and Polish reedist Mat Walerian. Finally Themes 4 Transmutation is a rare below-the-radar sideman turn by Shipp joining two other younger players to work with veteran drummer Bobby Kapp, one of the original New Thing percussionists from the ‘60s. MORE