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This delightful solo piano recording captures Matthew Shipp’s vivid imagination at full stretch on a sequence of precisely wrought and remarkably focused musical tableaux.

A sparse scatter of notes bumps into a resonant stroll of chords on “Surface to Curve”, “Space Bubble” froths gently and the slow-burning thumps on “The Indivisible” are strong and unyielding.

“Blue to a Point” is exactly that, and Shipp’s strong sense of history is underscored by a gentle reading of Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” and an oblique take on Wayne Shorter’s “Nefertiti”.

Matthew Shipp

Piano Sutras

(Thirsty Ear)

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