Matthew Shipp: Elastic Aspects (2012)
Elastic Aspects is a fitting title for this suite for trio, a wonderfully flexible work which stretches and regains its form time and time again. The spotlight is shared between the three voices, going back and forth, mixing and matching, gaining momentum and retreating. Bisio's bowing is elastic in its own right, and is a departure point at several momentsor perhaps a landing spotbut it is absolutely captivating. "Stage 10" shows off how subtle jazz can be, how effortless three players can swing while remaining outside the traditional jazz lexicon and vocabulary. This is modern music, or at least not tied to familiar structures and changes. It is also truly moving music, full of emotion, passion, spirituality, and tenderness.
Shipp has emerged as a truly original voice in modern jazz, with a readily identifiable touch, a gift for composing and improvising, and a growing discography which is starting to reflect the tremendous talent that those who have been seeing him live for years have been anxiously awaiting. Elastic Aspects continues this trend, serving as a gorgeous suite of music performed by a trio of supremely gifted individuals.
Track Listing: Alternative Aspects; Aspects; Psychic Counterpart; Frame Focus; Flow Chart; Mute Voice; Explosive Aspects; Raw Materials; Rainforest; Stage 10; Dimension; Elastic Aspects; Elastic Eye
Personnel: Matthew Shipp: piano; Michael Bisio: bass; Whit Dickey: drums
Record Label: Thirsty Ear Recordings
Style: Modern Jazz