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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Deluxe heavyweight board stock / beautifully printed 6-panel digipak featuring vintage E.V./L.E.S. photos by renowned photographer Sylvia Plachy & extensive liner notes by Steven Joerg.

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  • Ltd. Edition LP on Black Vinyl
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Beautifully pressed one-time edition (of 542) in black anti-stat-lined sleeves. Includes insert with additional vintage East Village image by Sylvia Plachy & liner notes by Steven Joerg.

    Side A: Nothingness / Village Mothership
    Side B: Down Void Way / Nothing & A Thing

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Nothingness 11:08


[TAO 06]

Whit Dickey: drums
William Parker: bass
Matthew Shipp: piano

Drummer Whit Dickey, bassist William Parker, & pianist Matthew Shipp present a wondrous collective creation, their first new studio recording since the Shipp-led 1992 classic, Circular Temple. This is also their first assembly since working together in the revered David S. Ware Quartet. "Everything is melody." - Whit Dickey on the mantra of the music.

In the late 1980s / early ’90s, pianist Matthew Shipp and drummer Whit Dickey were young musicians taking part in the cultural ferment happening on New York City’s Lower East Side, a place where free jazz, avant-rock and all manner of creative arts and political causes were colliding and combining to further the area’s legacy of progressive action. William Parker – although just 2 years older than Dickey – had been part of that progressive action since the mid-70s, and was already a world traveler. As Shipp has noted on numerous occasions, a key aim in his moving to NYC was to make music with Parker. The sound and sensibility of that vintage East Village milieu informed Shipp’s very first trio album, the striking Circular Temple. Although the three have worked together in important configurations in the decades since (vitally, in the mighty David S. Ware Quartet), they are now releasing their first trio studio album together since that original classic: Village Mothership, its title in homage to the rich environment that fed the artistic development of these artists. This brand new work together re-ignites this trio’s profound creative pulse, with 30 years of devotion to the music since then clearly evident.

“We created this album in the moment as a trio,” Dickey explains. “The atmosphere of this session was warm and fun, and it was a deep, wondrous experience with the three of us. To me, everything is melody. And the melodies manifest out of the mantra of our playing, the rhythms radiating multi-directionally out of those melodic vibrations. Mystical stuff was happening.”


released October 15, 2021

All compositions © Whit Dickey / William Parker / Matthew Shipp

Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by Jim Clouse
at Park West Studios, Brooklyn, NY

Vintage East Village/LES photographs by Sylvia Plachy,
who retains all rights. They are used on this album by permission.

Liner notes by Steven Joerg
Layout by Ming@AUM


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TAO Forms New York, New York

A recording label launched in May 2020, and devoted to jazz of an enlightened nature.

Drummer-composer-improviser Whit Dickey is the key creative director,
with management+ by AUM Fidelity: aumfidelity.bandcamp.com

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