THE HOUR OF THE STAR – AVAILABLE JULY 12
EMINENT NEW LINEUP INCLUDES PIANIST MATTHEW SHIPP,
BASSIST JOE MORRIS AND DRUMMER GERALD CLEAVER
IVO PERELMAN - THE HOUR OF THE STAR
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For the latest addition to his prodigious discography, prolifically inventive saxophonist Ivo Perelman convened a stellar quartet that is at once a first meeting and several small reunions. Consisting of a half-dozen breathtakingly expressive improvisations, The Hour of the Star documents the first-ever conjoining of Perelman with pianist Matthew Shipp, bassist Joe Morris, and drummer Gerald Cleaver.
“The process is just what I’ve been doing for the past twenty years,” Perelman says. “I trust them, I take it they trust me, and we just go in and play. Everything’s a first take and what you hear is what you get. That’s why I like this kind of work, because you never know what’s going to happen. It’s stimulating.”
First meeting though it may be, these musicians are hardly strangers to one another. Perelman and Shipp recorded together several times in the late 1990s, and once with Morris, on the 1997 duet album Strings. While this is the leader’s first encounter with Cleaver, the drummer has an extensive record with both Morris and, especially Shipp; and Morris has been working in Shipp’s trio continuously over the past several years. Continue reading →