'Thirsty Ear Presents an Evening of Trio Treats with Matthew Shipp Trio'

You can get into all sorts of fistfights and parlor games about who's the most innovative jazz pianist around these days: Jason Moran or this New York mainstay. Moran's more trad-bound--and, not coincidentally, more feted--but despite Shipp's avant-garde roots, his latest disc includes his takes on "Fly Me to the Moon" and "Take the A Train," neither of which would upset anyone down the street at Blue Note. His playing is luxurious no matter what style he plumbs, and he's still got a lot to prove at 50 years young. With Weasel Walter/Mary Halvorson/Peter Evans Trio.
Mon., March 7, 10 p.m., 2011

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