Equilibrium

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  • Summary: The latest installment in Thirsty Ear's Blue Series (which mixes cutting-edge jazz with elements of electronica and hip-hop), 'Equilibrium' showcases the talents of avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    100
    A perfect 41-minute album that balances wide-open melodic inventions with crisp, time-stopping grooves. [Listen 2 This supplement, Feb 2003, p.10]
  2. Shipp, whose restless vision is never clouded by grandiosity or pretense, has become the most important pianist on the scene today. Equilibrium is soul music for the mind.
  3. The Wire
    90
    It's surely his finest recorded hour to date. [#230, p.61]
  4. While there are programmed beats, ambient synths and samples aplenty to be found here, the overall vibe of this recording is one of a classic swinging session.
  5. But instead of pushing the electronics and making a funkier, nastier successor to his hit [Nu-Bop], this new disc feels like nothing so much as the Modern Jazz Quartet.
  6. It reminds me that equilibrium, in chemical terms, is stasis -- I get through the whole thing without hearing much chemistry at all.
  7. 10
    This is music that took out all of the adjectives.

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