Shipp, Matthew / 4 D
Album: 4 D   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Shipp, Matthew   Added:Jan 2010
Label:Thirsty Ear Recordings  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2010-02-07 Pull Date: 2010-04-11 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Mar 28 Mar 14 Feb 14
Airplays: 1 2 2

Recent Airplay
1. Mar 26, 2010: Memory Select, late edition
The Crack In The Piano's Egg
4. Feb 12, 2010: Memory Select - Tom Djll of Grosse Abfahrt
Frere Jacques
2. Mar 12, 2010: Memory Select
5. Feb 09, 2010: The Rock Lobster
3. Mar 11, 2010: The Machine Stops
The Crack In The Piano's Egg

Album Review
Reviewed 2010-02-04
Solo piano, jazzy but freeform. Cerebral, sometimes moody, sometimes big and sweeping, rarely swingy (although that's in there too). It's dense with chords and tightly clustered single notes. Knotty, often aggressive.

Shipp has a reputation for cerebral music, and that's what you get here, but there's some wild fun too. (See 12 & 16.) Shipp favors mid-to-low notes (versus the high squiggly ones) for an aggressive and/or moody sound. Instrumental, FCC clean.

1- Lush and flowing. Strong mood but twilight air
2- Jaunty. Rich jazz chords, low-register hammering.
3- Tense suspense. High notes.
4- Opens with the feel of a jazz standard. Splits apart into happy burbles
5- Halting stacatto. Heavy.
6- Grand air. Slow and sweeping, big big chords.
7- Thick jumble. Dense.
8- A touch of bluesy swing, then heavyhanded thumping.
9- Heavy, instistant mutation of a standard
10- Flowery and big standard, also raucous.
11- Tiny, agile curls, builds to big, stomping jazz
12- "Frere Jacques," the pissed-off ADD version
13- Lush and lovely and ... hey, kinda normal
14- Grand and stately gospel, old timey vinyl crackle added.
15- Coolly mysterious, dynamic, mid/fast.
16- "Greensleeves" walks over and beats the crap out of you.

Track Listing
1. 4d   9. What Is This Thing Called Love
2. The Crack In The Piano's Egg   10. Autumn Leaves
3. Equilibrium   11. Sequence And Vibration
4. Teleportation   12. Frere Jacques
5. Dark Matter   13. Prelude To A Kiss
6. Stairs   14. What A Friend We Have In Jesus
7. Jazz Paradox   15. Primal Harmonic
8. Blue Web In Space   16. Greensleeves