Artist Profile Reviews

Matthew Shipp In 2003 

Source: burning ambulance.

He’s always maintained a high rate of production, putting out multiple albums almost every year. But 2003 seemed to be a particularly intriguing time for Shipp — he was in a phase where he was combining the sounds of a conventional jazz group (a trio or quartet) with electronic music and programmed rhythms, and doing other things that were even less “in character,” if you were one of those people who thought of him as just an acoustic free jazz pianist. The five records he put out that year are fascinating, both individually and collectively, and that’s what we’re talking about this week.