Matthew Shipp: Gesture
Matthew Shipp (piano)
Pastoral Composure (Thirsty Ear 57084)
Composed by Matthew Shipp.
Recorded: New York, January 6, 2000
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
Recorded exactly one year after DNA, this is the album that – if you ask me – gave Shipp new life as a recording artist. Until this point, he was beginning to feel as though he’d gotten out everything he’d had to say. Clearly he was kidding himself. Pastoral Composure was, for him, an entirely different beast – more melodic, more bop-based. “Gesture,” though, is a beautifully disturbing piece of writing, propelled by the marching rhythm Cleaver lays down. The melody Shipp crafts is both optimistic and mysterious, and Campbell blows furiously over the pianist’s moody chords.
Reviewer: Steve Greenlee