A new CD from sonic voyager Matthew Shipp is always a treat. With this new venture, Elastic Aspects on Thirsty Ear, Matt takes us on a sonic journey — one which is reflected by the name of such tracks as Circular Temple and Gamma Ray.
Matt's music is meditative, reflective and lyrical yet also assertive, boisterous, celebratory, exploratory, sometimes cacophonous, often percussive and frequently orchestral.
The CD opens with the sonorous and elegaic Alternative Aspects before moving on to the flowing Aspects. The dialogue — between Matt and his piano and between Matt and bassist Michael Bisio and drummer Whit Dickey — continues through ten tracks, including the the cacophonous Flow Chart, the meditative Mute Voice, Rainforest, which commences with extended bowing by Bisio; the contemplative title track, and, finally, Elastic Eye, the brisk-yet-fluid finale.
Not always easy to listen to but often rewarding, this is another accomplished effort from the New York City-based virtuoso pianist.