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Equilibrium represents the second collaboration between pianist Matthew Shipp and electronic expert FLAM, after last year's successful Nu Bop. The lineup is the same, except reed man Daniel Carter is replaced by vibraphonist Khan Jamal, who adds a sense of heightened continuity to the quartet's sound.
The opening number, “Equilibrium,” is a splendid example of the harmony achieved by the group. Shipp’s classical approach stirs up some unique dialog with Khan Jamal's vibes, while William Parker’s bass line holds everything together.
The next number, “Vamp to Vibe,” adds FLAM to the mix, recalling Herbie Hancock and Bobby Hutcherson and exploding sounds with a heavy bass line and back beat.
“Cohesion” is a number which ought to be featured on any jazz radio station that seeks to play "out" music without going to the limit. Just listening to William Parker is pure joy.
If you enjoyed Shipp's Nu Bop from last year, you're likely to groove to this new effort.
Track Listing: I. Equilibrium (3:44)
II. Vamp To Vibe (5:28)
III. Nebula Theory (5:25)
IV. Cohesion (6:35)
V. World Of Blue Glass (5:26)
VI. Portal (1:13)
VII. The Root (5:03)
VIII. The Key (4:12)
IX. Nu Matrix (4:01)
Personnel: Matthew Shipp, piano; William Parker, bass; Gerald Cleaver, drums; Khan
Jamal, vibes; Flam, synths + programming
I was first exposed to jazz as a middle school band student. A college ensemble passed through and put on a concert for the band students (of which I was one). The level of mastery and musicianship blew me away, intimidated, and inspired me
I was first exposed to jazz as a middle school band student. A college ensemble passed through and put on a concert for the band students (of which I was one). The level of mastery and musicianship blew me away, intimidated, and inspired me. Try as I might, I was never able to achieve a high enough level of competency to perform at the level I was first and subsequently exposed to. Regardless, I was hooked on jazz and remain so to this day.