Shipp, Matthew / One
Album: One   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Shipp, Matthew   Added:Jan 2006
Label:Thirsty Ear Communication  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2006-02-19 Pull Date: 2006-04-23 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Apr 23 Apr 16 Mar 26 Mar 12 Mar 5 Feb 26
Airplays: 2 1 1 1 1 4

Recent Airplay
1. Jul 04, 2006: Umami Jazz Program
Electro Magnetism
4. Apr 14, 2006: The National Congress Of Vaselines
2. Apr 21, 2006: Memory Select
The Encounter
5. Mar 21, 2006: Megapolisomancy
3. Apr 18, 2006: Umami Jazz Program
6. Mar 10, 2006: Memory Select

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2006-02-17
Solo piano -- a dark, stormy atmosphere, contemplative. Shipp’s first solo piano in some time, and miles away from his ‘90s album “Symbol Systems.” Both CDs share a cerebral classical/jazz tone, but "Symbol" was in spiky avant-garde territory, while this one's closer to a straight feel.

These short pieces are frequently slow and/or unadventurous, although they pack more than a few good moments. Great for stormy winter atmosphere but gets dull in large doses – contrast with Shipp’s fiery playing on old David S. Ware CDs. Maybe I'm just being shallow, as his slower music lacks that crowd-thrilling surface ... After all, Shipp wouldn't want to replay "Symbol Systems" over and over forever, and it's certainly his right to work on new directions. Still, I'm hoping that direction, represented by his last several Thirsty Ear CDs, finds more inspiration.

1- Midtempo. Tough, dark chords tossed like stones, w/pulsing bass
2- Fast-raindrop trickles, then stormy chords
3- Chipper blues/jazz riff
4- Slow/spacious, relatively
5- Slowish pulse. Picks up later; gets dramatic at the end
6- Tangly jazz; thick knots of low notes
7- Melodic dark-night flow
8- Loungy. Quiet start, then pounding.
9- Tangly fast scrawl!
10- Midtempo cascade of notes
11- Dirge
12- Slow riff; wandering jazz. Lingering/seeking ending

Track Listing
1. Are   7. The Encounter
2. Patmos   8. The Rose Is A Rose
3. Gamma Ray   9. Ieou
4. Milky Way   10. Abyss Code
5. Blue In Orion   11. Zero
6. Electro Magnetism   12. Module