― _Rudipherous_, Friday, 22 November 2013 05:44 (five years ago) link
is it good? I haven't listened to him since Pastoral Composure
― akm, Friday, 22 November 2013 07:25 (five years ago) link
Pastoral Composure was a long time ago! I started listening to him later than that. The first thing I heard might have been Multiplication Table, but I heard it a long while after it came out. I think Piano Sutras is very good, but I like most of what he puts out these days. It's a lot more gnarled and dense than One, which I think was his last solo album. Last year's Elastic Aspects with Matthew Shipp Trio was even better, I'd say, but it straddles contemporary chamber music territory. Equilibrium from 2003 is still my favorite of his, but I could see some of these more recent recordings eventually overtaking it.
― _Rudipherous_, Friday, 22 November 2013 16:35 (five years ago) link
A good essay on Shipp by a certain ilxor:
― _Rudipherous_, Friday, 22 November 2013 16:38 (five years ago) link
There was another solo album, 4D, in between One and this one. (Thanks for linking that piece, btw.) As I said in it, I'm in no way impartial when it comes to Shipp, we've known each other for about 15 years at this point. The first album I heard was Prism, a live trio disc (William Parker, Whit Dickey) that's two long tracks. It's still one of my favorites; it goes in and out of print. Some of my other favorites: Strata, Equilibrium, Harmony and Abyss, One, Elastic Aspects, Harmonic Disorder and The Multiplication Table. I also like New Orbit a lot, because the combination of his piano and Wadada Leo Smith's trumpet is really interesting - I wish they'd work together more/again.
I recently shot a video interview with him about Piano Sutras, which will appear on BurningAmbulance.com probably next month.
― Humorist (horse) (誤訳侮辱), Friday, 22 November 2013 18:41 (five years ago) link
Equilibrium is amazing, I need to get some of these other ones y'all are talking about
― sleeve, Friday, 22 November 2013 18:48 (five years ago) link
I get the sense that Equilibrium is the last album a lot of people have heard by him, for whatever reason, but he's been fairly prolific in the last decade (maybe not exceptionally so by jazz standards) and people are missing out if they've heard nothing from that time period. It's my impression that Shipp hasn't gotten that much coverage in the sort of crossover not jazz specific realm where I'm sure he could find more listeners. I don't really see him turning up on indie type EOY lists as a token jazz representative, but he seems like an obvious choice. (Bleah, doesn't sound like a desirable from that description.)
― _Rudipherous_, Friday, 22 November 2013 19:02 (five years ago) link
All the writers who could/would be writing about him are writing about Vijay Iyer instead.
― Humorist (horse) (誤訳侮辱), Friday, 22 November 2013 21:57 (five years ago) link
It makes me happy now when I get to "Giant Steps" on Piano Sutras. I find it surprising comforting (or surprisingly welcome comfort, perhaps).
― _Rudipherous_, Monday, 16 December 2013 04:40 (five years ago) link
I tend to forget about 4D because I think of it as a bit of a career retrospective. Not that it's not good, but it didn't make the same impression on me as One eventually did, or as Piano Sutras is doing now.
― _Rudipherous_, Monday, 16 December 2013 04:57 (five years ago) link