Matthew Shipp regales in the tastefully unexpected, and this release reflects that tendency well. His career is filled with an uncanny ability to merge aesthetics, and to present concert-length programs of fully developed pieces. Here, two musicians with whom he has performed often join him, and they engage in 20 vignettes in various combinations. Each (bassist William Parker, alto saxophonist/flautist Rob Brown, and Shipp) participates in solo, duo, and trio recitals of pure improvisation. The set has a classical haze about it, as there is a subdued ring to much of the recording. Nonetheless, there is a healthy mix of blues and jazz bop too, so that the listener looks forward to each track with raised eyebrows. Shipp continues to impress with splendid technique, an ear for subtlety, and rhythmic variety.
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AllMusic Review by Steve Loewy