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David S. Ware, Reflections of The Blue Note, October, 2010

I remember you fondly, David S.Ware. And with compassion.  And the cognizance of your ardent desire and unrelenting determination to make a difference.

Michael Bisio & Matthew Shipp Duo: Floating Ice: Relative Pitch, 2012

No one can ever speculate on the process of improvised music before it happens. It just begins given the proper conditions, space and time. As does any phenomenon in this universe begin or actually simply continue. That is the reason that it is no surprise that bassist Michael Bisio and pianist Matthew Shipp can move forward together without competing: ego-less, unfettered, yet married to their sound.
InFloating Ice, the two musicians step outside of logical boundaries except perhaps when Shipp catches some rhythms in "Swing Laser" or strikes up strange melodic figures in "Disc" like a child might wonder about the frequent bursting glow of fireflies in the night. Bisio never really follows the exact flow of the stream as much as converses with it in pizzicato whispers, even as he grabs at his bass strings. When he goes down his own path, he fingers the bass strings purposefully and has serious, furious, rapid strokes to bow. Shipp pounds the keyboard with wide open …

Lyn Horton on Willard Jenkins' Open Sky Jazz

Not long ago, Willard Jenkins emailed me regarding doing an interview for his series on women "jazz writers." The questions he asks the participants are always the same.
This is the product of that interview. 
http://www.openskyjazz.com/2012/10/a-womans-perspective-pt-8-lyn-horton/