Matthew Shipp: Space Shipp
Matthew Shipp (piano)
Nu Bop (Thirsty Ear 57114)
FLAM (synthesizers, programming).
Composed by Matthew Shipp.
Recorded: New York, August 9, 2001
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
With Nu Bop, Shipp threw down the gauntlet, declaring he really did have something new to say. Thrusting himself out at the leading edge of the “jazztronica” movement, Shipp issued an intentionally discomfiting salvo in the interest of freshening up jazz a bit. The opening seconds of “Space Shipp,” which start the album, contain nothing but a looped synth-and-drum-machine sequence straight out of the Aphex Twin school of electronica. But then Shipp reminds us this is his music, with a chord sequence that informs us this couldn’t be anyone but him. A minute into the tune, Shipp is improvising off the progression, Brown is blasting away on the kit, and the electronica loop – it’s still there, yes – recedes into the background. Shipp shows us that electronics are just another tool in the box.
Reviewer: Steve Greenlee
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