Matthew Shipp Trio at the Blue Note, NYC
The key to hearing these three was to focus on the balance of subtlety and directness, the certainty of the music's direction within an uncharted course, the fluctuation of instrumental priority and the transfiguration of an amoebic melody into greater and greater abstraction. The players interacted as if traveling along an endlessly twisting Mobius strip. Each resisted being perceived as lead player or playing a role in a rhythm section. And the music they created resisted demarcation into a series of calls and responses. The resulting music exhibited a full-bodied three-dimensionality, for, in keeping with the theories of 20th century physics, it was, as a product of time, measurably indivisible from space.
Photo: Lyn Horton