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Elastic Aspects is the second album in as many years that iconoclastic pianist Shipp recorded with double bassist Michael Bisio and longtime drummer Whit Dickey. A follow-up to 2011’s Art of the Improviser, it features 13 Shipp originals ranging from brief but memorable interludes to the seven-and-a-half-minute finale. As with a diverse live set, Shipp varies the instrumentation from solo piano (“Alternative Aspects,” “Dimension”) and unaccompanied bass (“Rainforest") to the furious-sounding arco bass and propulsive drumming of “Flow Chart.” Bisio’s hearty walking bass line kicks off “Psychic Counterpart” before Shipp lays down dizzying piano lines atop Dickey’s abstract drumming. “Raw Materials” starts magnificently as a Baroque-inspired duo between Shipp and Bisio before seamlessly transforming into an impressionistic modern jazz piece.

Biography

Born: December 7, 1960 in Wilmington, DE

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

With his unique and recognizable style, pianist Matthew Shipp worked and recorded vigorously from the late '80s onward, creating music in which free jazz and modern classical intertwined. He first became well known in the early '90s as the pianist in the David S. Ware Quartet, and soon began leading his own dates — most often including Ware bandmate and leading bassist William Parker — and recording a number of duets with a variety of musicians, from the legendary Roscoe Mitchell to violinist...
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