Matthew Shipp: Gamma Ray


Gamma Ray


Matthew Shipp (piano)


One (Thirsty Ear 57166)

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Matthew Shipp (piano).

Composed by Matthew Shipp


Recorded: August 18, 2005


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

Back to basics. Just when we were wondering what Shipp was going to shock us with next, he unleashed a solo piano recording. OK then, mission accomplished. With “Gamma Ray,” he throws it all our way: melodic structure, free improvisation, wrist-cramping power, beauty and mystery, strength and vulnerability. Shipp often plays in a circular fashion – ending up near the place where he began – but it is the twisting, turning ride that provides the joy. Like a great extemporaneous speaker, he works things out in your presence. You may not be quick enough to follow his thought process, but you can sure enjoy the trip to his destination.

Reviewer: Steve Greenlee


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