Bassist Michael Bisio and pianist Matthew Shipp’s uncannily close musical relationship has been several years in the making and now takes second-guessing to a whole new dimension. Here, they conjure an enchanting universe of fantastic shapes, ghostly phantoms and magical encounters from a single splayed chord or mid-register scuttle. Both musicians temper vivid imaginations with an acute sense of form, and their sustained dialogues are rich with detail and wit. Standout on a very good album is the asymmetric jaunt of “Holographic Rag”.
Michael Bisio & Matthew Shipp Duo