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Matthew Shipp

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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?

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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.

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