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Matthew Shipp
December 7, 1960 -
Nationality: American
Category: Musician
Subcategory: American Musician

I can imagine an utter hatred for the jazz avant-garde.


Bud Powell's probably the biggest influence on my piano playing.


Thelonious Sphere Monk: there's not a more perfect name to fit his compositions than that name.


I like people not being able to be pigeon-holed.


His name, even, is part of the marketing scheme, I mean, Thelonious Sphere Monk - how can you think of a better name to fit his style of playing?


The iconoclastic mode, that specific mode of language, there is an element of it that it is punk - that is confrontational. That's just a part of the language of jazz - at a certain point.


What makes bebop legitimate is the fact that when it was done, it was illegitimate.


People come from a certain generation and a certain whole way of looking at things, and you really do become a prisoner of your own world.


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