Matthew Shipp String Trio: By The Law Of Music (2002)
They venture into what has now become familiar territory – where the band delves into microtonal patterns, and shifting tonalities. The trio also implements various odd-metered time signatures amid a matrix-like platform. The album title might serve as an antithesis to the musicians’ musical output. As they seemingly defy the laws of music via sequences of counterbalancing motifs, and free form improv interspersed with John Cage-like concepts. On “Fair Play,” Parker establishes a fervent pace due to his steady, walking bass lines as Shipp and Maneri render interweaving statements that develop into subsequent mini-motifs. Otherwise, the respective musicians have made signifcant advances since the onset of this release. Recommended.
Track Listing: 1.Signal 2.By The Law Of Music 3.Implicit 4.Fair Play 5.Grid 6.Whole Movement 7.Game Of Control 8.Point To Point 9.P X 10.Grid 11.Coo 12.X Z U 13.Solitude
Personnel: Matthew Shipp: piano
Record Label: Hat Hut Records
Style: Modern Jazz