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Shipp, Matthew / Art Of The Improviser
Album:Art Of The Improviser Collection:Jazz
Artist:Shipp, Matthew Added:04/2011
Label:Thirsty Ear Recordings 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2011-04-03 Pull Date:2011-06-05 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:5 Jun15 May1 May10 Apr

 Recent Airplay
1.Dec 16, 2021:Music Casserole (rebroadcast from Dec 11, 2021)
The New Fact
4.May 13, 2011:No Cover, No Minimum
Take The A Train
2.Dec 11, 2021:Music Casserole
The New Fact
5.Apr 27, 2011:Brownian Motion (sub)
3.Jun 02, 2011:Lost Verses
Circular Temple #1
6.Apr 05, 2011:Rebop
Take The A Train

Album Review
Reviewed 2011-04-03 
MATTHEW SHIPP: Art of the Improviser
Thirsty Ear, 2011

AVANT-GARDE – Two sides of pianist Matthew Shipp are presented in these live sets from the spring of 2010. Very good, cerebral stuff as you would expect from Shipp, firm and brooding as it falls into and breaks out of high-tension patterns. It’s highly challenging but not inaccessible.
Note: The pieces all flow together, so you may want to fade in and out of tracks to avoid abrupt starts/endings.

Matthew Shipp : piano
Michael Bisio : bass
Whit Dickey : drums

Fo’s Picks: Disc I - 1, 3, 4, 5 Disc II – 1, 3, 4, 5


1. 12:27 – heavy piano theme drifts into skipping, splintering, tangling lines over fluid rhythm; entire second half is a wide-open bass solo
2. 9:15 – danse macabre: creepy melody repeats; driving drums go solo for 4 mins
3. 16:01 – fragile piano cobwebs over bowed bass & shifting drums; opens up to spacious, rambling improv; dense piano really dives in for second half
4. 7:44 – A Train! melody fractured, falls to heavy chords, chugging improvisation
5. 6:49 – great sound: gloomy piano melody against scribbly bass, soft drums


1. 5:39 – melodic strains bounce off big brooding chords; a stern, unyielding sound
2. 5:12 – standard: undulating melody tossed in a stormy sea
3. 8:03 – almost catchy theme bounces along, dissolves into thin strands, repeats
4. 7:52 – lonely, bittersweet impressionism (think Erik Satie), improv scatters
5. 7:24 – theme jabs and strolls, falls into deepening shadow, then scatters to wind
6. 4:50 – starts with little spirals, becomes richly impressionistic

[ Fo ] 04/03/11

Track Listing
1.The New Fact 6.4 D
2.3 In 1 7.Fly Me To The Moon
3.Circular Temple #1 8.Wholetone
4.Take The A Train 9.Module
5.Virgin Complex 10.Gamma Ray