Matthew Shipp: Cohesion
Matthew Shipp (piano)
Equilibrium (Thirsty Ear)
FLAM (synthesizers, programming).
Composed by Matthew Shipp.
Recorded: New York, June 26, 2002
Rating: 96/100 (learn more)
“Cohesion” is right. With the album Equilibrium, Shipp grew more comfortable in his new skin. The marriage of jazz and electronic music began to sound completely natural, thanks to Shipp’s vision and the work of the producer known as FLAM. The electronics never get in the way, and the weight of the jazz tradition never overwhelms the new conceit that Shipp has worked to perfect. On “Cohesion,” the synthesized sounds and the programmed beats are inextricably intertwined with the organic work of the acoustic quartet.
Reviewer: Steve Greenlee