Matthew Shipp & Antipop Consortium: Places I've Never Been


Places I’ve Never Been


Matthew Shipp & Antipop Consortium


Antipop Vs. Matthew Shipp (Thirsty Ear 57120)


Matthew Shipp (piano), William Parker (bass), Guillermo E. Brown (drums), Khan Jamal (vibes), Daniel Carter (trumpet),

Antipop Connsortium – aka Beans and Priest (vocals, synth, programming)


Recorded: New York, February 12, 2002


Rating: 97/100 (learn more)

Bump it up another notch. Here, Shipp collaborates with the outside-the-mainstream hip-hop duo Antipop Consortium, whose two members are known by the monikers Priest and Beans. There is no rapping on “Places I’ve Never Been,” as there is on some other tunes, but it all comes together on this tune: the free association of jazz, the cold calculation of electronica, and the funky attitude of hip-hop. This is still Shipp’s ship, however. His thick, dark chords remain the music’s driving force; you can hear it in every bar. But the stop-start beats and the icy chill of the electronics are brought to the forefront. This is the kind of tune that gets people arguing about what jazz is. To which I say: Stop your yapping. Just enjoy it.

Reviewer: Steve Greenlee


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