Matthew Shipp: Galaxy 105
Matthew Shipp (piano, synthesizer)
Harmony & Abyss (Thirsty Ear 57151)
FLAM (synthesizers, programming).
Composed by Matthew Shipp.
Recorded: Brooklyn, February 20-21, 2004
Rating: 99/100 (learn more)
Now it all comes to a head, everything Shipp has been exploring since his first record: analytical approach, intricate composition, muscular performance, forward-looking ideas. Harmony & Abyss is almost a survey of his career, and yet within it are some surprising moments. Take “Galaxy 105,” a wonderful trio workout. No electronics, no FLAM, no slick production. Just three rhythm-makers working over a basic melodic idea. A few chords and a heck of a lot of ideas. Helps that these guys know one another like brothers at this point. They get into a groove and can’t get out. Lucky for the listener.
Reviewer: Steve Greenlee