Jones, Darius / Shipp, Matthew – “Cosmic Lieder” – [Aum Fidelity]
Darius Jones on Alto sax and Matthew Shipp on piano, create a 40 minuet long song made up of 13 tracks. Improv jazz quite possibly at its best. Not because it makes you yearn for more but because you don’t realize that it is improv. It simply feels more like an instrumental soundtrack to your life. This album was created as part of an ongoing 50th birthday celebration by Shipp and is the first time he has worked with Jones. Jones is Shipps Junior by 20 years but holds his own and gives the album a great mix of sound coming from 2 generations.
Pick a track and play it, you can get an idea of what the album is like from just one. Each track, however, is more akin to a movement in a classical symphony. Picking one part and expanding on it so that the entire album ebbs and flows rather then stops and starts.