Art of the Improviser - Matthew Shipp
Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. May 11, 2011
    90
    Art of the Improviser is a testament not only to the improviser's art, but also to solo and group composition, both in the immediate and overarching sense.
  2. Aug 12, 2011
    80
    It's clear that, for Shipp, The Tradition clearly goes way beyond jazz. [Jun 2011, p.54]
  3. May 11, 2011
    80
    Not surprisingly, this is a more demanding program than that of the trio disc, and although Shipp is not adverse to the occasional rhythmic groove, the solo music is often closer to modern classical than to jazz.
  4. May 11, 2011
    80
    Art of the Improviser serves as a testament to Shipp's achievements, yet it is also a continuation of the discovery in his developmental musical language.
  5. May 11, 2011
    80
    4D and Art of the Improviser aren't the sound of Shipp murdering jazz, just the sound of him quickly summing up his career before moving on. If this is a place at which one can arrive when they turn 50, just think of the future possibilities.

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