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June 11, 2011 12:17 am

Darius Jones & Matthew Shipp: Cosmic Leider

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Darius Jones & Matthew Shipp

Cosmic Leider

(Aum Fidelity)

Darius Jones also plays alto saxophone with a broad tone and a rubato sweep, though on this CD the emphasis is more on the spiritual and less on the rugged and rhythmic.

His thirteen through-improvisations with pianist Matthew Shipp soar into the upper register, add the occasional squawk and maraud unhurriedly in the middle. Shipp embellishes with oddly voiced jangles, pedal-down crescendos and dampened scampers, a fluent contrast to Jones’s rich-toned reveries and adding texture to the saxophonist’s abstract shapes.

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