Matthew Shipp: Piano Vortex


Piano Vortex


Matthew Shipp (piano)


Piano Vortex (Thirsty Ear 57180)

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Matthew Shipp (piano), Joe Morris (bass), Whit Dickey (drums).

Composed by Matthew Shipp


Recorded: MPI Studios. New York, February 28, 2007


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

On many (most?) Thirsty Ear recordings, technology plays the part of an extra band member. This record provides a fresh counterexample to the rule. Morris and Dickey lock in to a very subtle groove that Shipp uses as fuel (or maybe fulcrum) for his launch into some very percussive and angular solo passages. I'm somehow reminded of both Chick Corea and Cecil Taylor, and yet this music sound nothing like either artist. As Shipp takes things more and more out, Dickey and Morris work hard both to reign in and add to the chaos. It's a great structural trick that deserves repeated listenings.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski

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