Ivo Perelman Quartet - The Hour of the Star

Recorded just one week before the quartet's live debut in São Paulo, in September 2010, this was the first time the four musicians had played together. What follows proves that intensity and attention to detail can coexist when delivered as a cohesive artistic statement.

"With his newly formed quartet, Brazilian tenor sax titan and visual artist Ivo Perelman effectively synchronizes the freer aspects of improvisation with bop, and harmonious patterns. And the musicians' synergy offers an underlying constant within the copious slants and contrasts presented throughout." - All About Jazz

"Here it's about discovering moments of rare inspiration that grab thhe listener, taking them out of their comfort zone, inviting them to accept the challenge of entering a new realm, with all the risks inherent in such a venture. In the end it would be difficult not to consider "The Hour of the Star" as a small treasure, the fruit of the brilliance of its four driving forces."

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1. A Tearful Tale - 13:50
2. Singing The Blue - 8:07
3. The Hour Of The Star - 13:56
4. The Right To Protest - 4:43
5. As For The Future - 10:45
6. Whistling In The Dark Wind - 9:56

Ivo Perelman

Born in 1961 in São Paulo, Brazil, Perelman was a classical guitar prodigy who tried his hand at many other instruments – including cello, clarinet, and trombone – before gravitating to the tenor saxophone. His initial heroes were the cool jazz saxophonists Stan Getz and Paul Desmond. But although these artists’ romantic bent still shapes Perelman’s voluptuous improvisations, it would be hard to find their direct influence in the fiery, galvanic, iconoclastic solos that have become his trademark...[more]

"Perelman is one of the great saxophone virtuosi and exponents of spontaneous composition to have emerged in the past three decades." –Jazzwise

"Sax extraordinaire Ivo Perelman is one of the most advanced living practitioners of the tenor saxophone...the Brazilian-born sax master's ability to create out of thin air has few if any peers." – Something Else

Matthew Shipp

Steeped in the history of the jazz avant-garde yet with an unmistakeably individual voice, Matthew Shipp has established himself as one of the most important figures in American creative music today. Combining an uncompromising personal language with an exemplary eclecticism, Shipp has worked with an astonishing array of musicians, including Roscoe Mitchell, David S. Ware, Antipop Consortium, William Parker, Mat Maneri, Spring Heel Jack, J Spaceman, Evan Parker, and Nate Wooley.

“Shipp’s approach to the keyboard is a study of tone, decay, muscle, and grace . . . round filigree unfolding amid monumental bell-like clangs . . . rangy attack that volleys from dense clusters that nearly distort themselves to barely perceptible skims of the keyboard . . . stark and insistent and utterly massive.” – Clifford Allen, Tiny Mix Tapes