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Piano Vortex

Label: Thirsty Ear Recordings
Released: 2007
Track listing: Piano Vortex; Keywswing; The New Circumstance; Nooks and Corners; Sliding Through Space; Quivering with Speed; Slips Through The Fingers; To Vitalize

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Matthew Shipp: Piano Vortex

Read "Piano Vortex" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk


After a series of daring, sometimes surprising, discs for Thirsty Ear over the last eight years, Matthew Shipp comes forth with what might be his most straightforward, simply enjoyable album. Taking the rich resonance of the piano and the fertile history of the piano trio under his arm, Shipp has made an album that eclipses divisions ...

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Matthew Shipp: Piano Vortex

Read "Piano Vortex" reviewed by Mark Corroto


With about twenty years of recorded Matthew Shipp to consider these days, the pianist has grown, expanded his musical vision to include electronics, sampling, total freedom, and, interestingly, the piano jazz tradition. Following his solo effort One (2006) is this very intimate trio record. The spontaneous compositions of Shipp are accompanied by ...

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Matthew Shipp: Piano Vortex

Read "Piano Vortex" reviewed by Troy Collins


Since the turn of the millennium, pianist Matthew Shipp has ventured further into the realms of electro-acoustic jazz than many of his peers. An intrepid explorer, his open-minded approach to contemporary forms landed him the enviable position of curator for Thirsty Ear's “Blue Series." Shipp has documented a wide variety of projects for the label, from ...

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Matthew Shipp: Piano Vortex

Read "Piano Vortex" reviewed by Lyn Horton


The physical universe and spirit are indivisibly connected. To explain the dynamics that unifies them requires a language accessible to human perceptions. One of those languages is music. Matthew Shipp has elected to reveal how the universe and spirit interact musically in more ways than one. The endeavor to come out of a period ...

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Matthew Shipp: Piano Vortex

Read "Piano Vortex" reviewed by James Taylor


Jarring melodies, lively rhythms, electro-jazz-funk, and spoken word fusions--these are the things Matthew Shipp fans have come to associate with the pianist's music. Piano Vortex reminds us that Shipp is a master of his instrument in any format and not just a wily experimentalist, an avant-garde agitator or boundary busting bombast. With Joe Morris (bass) and ...


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