CD One [Matthew Shipp] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 983211),
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One [Matthew Shipp] [CD] [1 disc]

  • 1. Arc
    2. Patmos
    3. Gamma Ray
    4. Milky Way
    5. Blue in Orion
    6. Electro Magnetism
    7. Encounter, The
    8. Rose Is a Rose, The
    9. IEOU
    10. Abyss Code
    11. Zero
    12. Module
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 57166

  • Credits
    ProducerMatthew Shipp; Peter Gordon; Matthew Shipp; Peter Gordon

    Personnel: Matthew Shipp (piano); Matthew Shipp.
    Audio Mixer: Glenn Robinson .
    Recording information: Leon Lee Dorsey Studios, New York, NY (08/18/2005).
    Editor: Glenn Robinson .
    The 12 tracks that make up One, Matthew Shipp's first solo piano outing since 2002's Songs on the Splasc(h) label, amount to a new kind of recital for the pianist. Two of his major influences on the instrument, Cecil Taylor and Mal Waldron, make their traces heard in terms of Shipp's architecture, but never do they become dominant. There is a kind of economy of scale that goes into these pieces that's refreshing for any solo piano outing. For starters, there are the elegant middle- and lower-middle-register chord voicings that make up the lion's share of "Arc," the opener. Shipp puts down a series of chords following in scale, and then extrapolates on them, shading their colors more sharp or more flat, a little bit at a time, never trying to arrive at a destination until one speaks out loudly enough for more detail. On "Patmos," one can hear the unhurried projection of scale in the single-note flourishes that stack up, allowing one set of tones to bleed into another, asserting not so much projection as a platform from which to hear what comes next and to allow that songlike voice to rise to the surface. "Gamma Ray" invokes both Thelonious Monk and Taylor in its jagged, rhythmic dexterity. The play of melody works against the grain here in the beginning, but it does make itself known before the pianist's own sense of space between chromatic statements becomes dominant. But Shipp is very keen on balance in these pieces, too; there is the constant rise of tension and its gradual release once a path of inquiry is found and decided upon. The drift in "Zero" is charted so that one of Shipp's most beautiful and realized melodies comes to the fore -- along with graceful melodic and harmonic articulations -- and stays there for the entire piece. One is a fully realized and poetic work by a mature pianist who should finally begin getting his due, not only as an improviser and a visionary but as a technician as well. ~ Thom Jurek

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.91) - "[A] dozen solo piano pieces as frisky and dramatic as they are assured, generating electricity without plugging anything in." -- Grade: A-
    Magnet (p.118) - "His touch is lighter, and his melodies now stand in stark relief instead of rising like spray from a rolling surf of dissonance."
    The Wire (pp.51-53) - "ONE commands attention....This album returns Shipp to jazz roots. There are no wasted notes here -- 12 very distinctive tracks are packed into just 40 minutes."
    Down Beat (p.68) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Music that can conjure thoughts of a visual world has to be doing something right, and Shipp's rococo reveries have enough cinematic clout to make one thing obvious: Brooding becomes him."
    JazzTimes (p.95) - "He lays little eggs that evolve into wildly unpredictable shapes and then stop, in quick fades....It is all very fresh to the ear..."
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