The music and its creator’s shimmer with the vivacity reflected by all free processes which allow such art to flourish.

Soul City Sound

Ivo Perelman: tenor saxophone; Matthew Shipp: piano; Jeff Cosgrove: drums

Carrboro is a very small town in Central North Carolina and its motto might be “Where the uncommon is common”, for this trio is unusual to say the least.  The threesome is clearly a together concern and dead set on showing that they know about improvisation, that they understand it and can exploit it to the uppermost degree in their researches into spur-of-the-moment configurations.

Their performance also sees them virtually bopping with elation, as they so obviously enjoy their forays into the unknown strangeness of a world of music which may have no limiting restrictions to where it may outspread.

The music is their essence and it tells for each of them that its source is their desire to relate, for each individual, the story of their wish to be individually free from any restriction to the manner of their story-telling.  The recitation of their stories requires creativity, practice, skill and vision, in order to tell them as complete.

There is no easy entry into such creativity: one needs to come to it with an open mind, as it is at once alive with the wealth that the intricacy of improvisation provides, whether by Shipp’s agility, Cosgrove’s colourful spark or every glissando of Perelman’s tenor.

The music and its creator’s shimmer with the vivacity reflected by all free processes which allow such art to flourish.

Reviewed by Ken Cheetham