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Nu-clear fusion physicist Matthew Shipp
photo: Courtesy Thirsty Ear
Nu-clear fusion physicist Matthew Shipp

Funnily enough, it's Aum Fidelity that has jumped into the remix-crossover scene with Black Cherryby Organic Grooves, an engaging rewiring of a William Parker/Hamid Drake bass/drum Piercing the Veil as ambient techno (be-blip?). But dance beats or not, it looks like Shipp's Nu Bopsignals a new round in the great snipe hunt for that creature called fusion: Already in the Thirsty Ear pipeline is a Guillermo Brown groove-thing called Soul at the Hands of the Machine, which strives mightily to update electrified Miles for the Rave Age. And further down the road (and off the beaten track), there is the William Parker Quartet's amazing, goofy-sublime Raining on the Moon: a different kind of symbiosis with singer Leena Conquest, going back to the future in search of a missing jazz link to the soul-poetry of Van Morrison. Like Laura Bush said recently about Dostoyevsky's novels: "All one summer when I was a schoolteacher in Houston, I read 'em around the swimming pool, so even though they're set in very cold Russia, they have this sort of bio-humidity about them that I remember."

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