Matthew Shipp: New Orbit (2002)
Subsequant spins of New Orbit in quieter environs reveal Shipp’s concept to be meditative, in nature as he works and reworks the reoccurring title track four times within the ten track recording. His “Orbit” piece is taken up solo and as a soloing piece for all players. Shipp mines a melancholy he is by now famous for, while Parker revs an energized Arco-bow that comes at your ears in deep blues and greens. Smith’s take is Sketches Of Spain, Miles as covered by Don Cherry. His AACM years make him comfortable in a free setting, but his solos organize themselves nicely in an oxy-moronic conservatively free manner.
In between the themes are six tracks of beautifully composed pieces. Cleaver seems content reacting to the three leaders, accenting their statements. Just like Shipp’s earlier recording Critical Mass (1994), this effort has a strong spiritual nature. One based on mediation and reflection.
Track Listing: New Orbit; Paradox X; Orbit 2; Chi; Orbit 3; U Feature; Syntax; Maze Hint; Paradox Y; Orbit 4.
Personnel: Matthew Shipp
Record Label: Thirsty Ear Recordings
Style: Modern Jazz