Matthew Shipp: Quivering With Speed


Quivering With Speed


Matthew Shipp (piano)


Piano Vortex (Thirsty Ear 57180)

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Matthew Shipp (piano), Joe Morris (bass), Whit Dickey (drums).

Composed by Matthew Shipp


Recorded: MPI Studios. New York, February 28, 2007


Rating: 97/100 (learn more)

A welcome return to an old group. Nothing new here, just three well-acquainted guys going at it. All of the music of Piano Vortex is connected; it can all be traced to the extended title cut. “Quivering With Speed” has the musicians peeling off a piece and dissecting it to their hearts' content. Shipp massages contrasting and complementary passages out of the chord structure – check out his defiant “Giant Steps” quotation – while Morris walks maniacally up and down the bass and Dickey roils the drum kit. And then, as if to remind you that this is a Shipp record, the pianist gets out a bombastic few bars before settling back into the conversation. This is a joyously chaotic reunion.

Reviewer: Steve Greenlee


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