High Water You might expect a free-jazz album presided over by underground hip-hop's high priest of noise, El-P, to be a roiling, assaultive affair, the second coming… High Water You might expect a free-jazz album presided over by underground hip-hop's high priest of noise, El-P, to be a roiling, assaultive affair, the second coming… 2004-02-17 El-P
Music Review

High Water (2004)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Feb 17, 2004; Lead Performance: El-P

You might expect a free-jazz album presided over by underground hip-hop's high priest of noise, El-P, to be a roiling, assaultive affair, the second coming of Coltrane's ''Ascension.'' Surprise. ''High Water'' is largely a quiet, meditative effort, with well-respected musicians like pianist Matthew Shipp and trumpeter Roy Campbell improvising on themes later reshaped by El-P. What his fans will make of it is anyone's guess, but jazzbos in search of esoteric kicks may want to cock an ear to this.

Originally posted Mar 05, 2004 Published in issue #754 Mar 05, 2004 Order article reprints