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Shipp, Matthew / Symbol Systems
Album:Symbol Systems Collection:Jazz
Artist:Shipp, Matthew Added:04/1996
Label:No More Records 

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Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2006-02-17 
(This review was written by Eva, circa 1996):

"FANTASTIC solo piano from Matthew Shipp, one of the most distinctive and intriguing musicians around. Shipp's style is a unique fusion of jazz and classical -- not necessarily contempo -- with dense, strange harmonies, lots of bass, and a fluid, quirky rhythmic touch. Very intense music with an almost industrial quality at times.

"1- Wonderful rolling sounds, sometimes delicate but not pretty, rumbling bass, almost industrial-sounding banging

"2- Repetitious melody composed of dense chords, some trickling lines of single notes

"5- Nice off-kilter swinging reminiscent of Monk but with deep bass punctuation

"6- First consonant, then ever more dissonant classical-like form and regular motion

"7- More like a ballad

"8- Fast runs, great working out of motifs

"10- His version of bebop, taking off in its own direction

"12- Insane boogie-woogie buried within dense crashing sounds.

"All tracks are good -- these are just favorites."

Track Listing
1.Clocks 8.Flow of Meaning
2.Harmonic Oscillator 9.Dance of the Blue Atoms
3.Temperate Zone 10.Bop Abyss
4.Symbol Systems 11.Nerve Signals
5.The Highway 12.Algebraic Boogie
6.Self-Regulated Motion 13.The Inventor Pt 1
7.Frame 14.The Inventor Pt 2