Tom Sekowski, Exclaim!
(NO MORE RECORDS, BOX 334,
WOODMERE, NY 1 1 598)
While waiting for FMP to release Matthew Shipp's solo disc, it was a real surprise and a delight to see another label take charge in recording this piano prodigy. If you're looking for a real improvisational genius, then look no further than Symbol Systems. How he comes up with these sharp, quick-shifting ideas, I've no idea... Then again, I can't read Matthew's mind. Utterly brilliant phrasings. Pointed transitions and off-key melodies poke their heads into the light throughout the entire hour. Watch this man closely, very closely (this goes for a large portion, of the pianists on the mainstream market today). Rest assured, there'll be more brilliance from Mr. Shipp in the future.
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