Marc Weingarten
January 19, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

Matthew Shipp's New Orbit

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Matthew Shipp
genre
Jazz

We gave it an A-

Pianist Shipp’s music is pitched somewhere between the free-jazz explorations of Ornette Coleman and Anthony Braxton and the structurally sturdier mood indigos of the late Don Pullen. Here, Shipp and a trio of kindred sprits swing freely between manic improv and mournful introspection, abstract probes and quiet-storm ballads that slip in and out of melodic focus but never turn into amorphous goo. A-

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