Matthew Shipp Trio
Thirsty Ear Celebrates
Matthew Shipp's latest recording "Elastic Aspects"
Mike Bisio, bass
Whit Dickey, drums
Matthew Shipp, piano
Matthew Shipp is one of the most daring and most acclaimed musical explorers of his jazz generation. The pianist reached a new plateau of creative expression in 2011 with the double disc live set Art of the Improviser(solo and trio). Now comes Elastic Aspects (Thirsty Ear), a work developed as a suite for the trio of Shipp, bassist Michael Bisio and drummer Whit Dickey. Elastic Aspects is given to vast complexities, spiked with moments of sheer beauty against lightning transitions to polyphonic figures; the group's collective sonic voice is both metaphysical and arresting.
"A true original, incorporating not only the history of jazz piano but also the hypnotic repetition of minimalism. He is an idea man,' but not merely a musical intellectual -- his music offers challenges aplenty while demonstrating wit and passion. --Bill Tilland, BBC.com)