Cactus (Bobby Kapp and Matthew Shipp album)

  (Redirected from Cactus (Bobby Kapp album))

Cactus is an album by American jazz drummer Bobby Kapp and pianist Matthew Shipp, which was recorded in 2016 and released on Northern Spy. It was their first duo recording, following 2015's Kapp quartet album Themes 4 Transmutation.[1]

Cactus Bobby Kapp cover.jpeg
Studio album by
StudioSystems Two, Brooklyn
LabelNorthern Spy
Matthew Shipp chronology
The Conduct of Jazz
Piano Song


In a review for Pitchfork Marc Masters notes "The thrill of Cactus is not that the music could fall apart at any moment, but that this duo can handle anything they throw at each other."[2]

The All About Jazz review by Dan MccLenaghan states "Everything meshed on this set. Cactus proves itself cohesive CD full of unpretentious, adventurous, improvised beauty."[3]

In another review for All About Jazz Karl Ackermann says "The music is engaging from beginning to end and, more importantly, there is an element of surprise in each piece that makes the overall album extremely satisfying."[4]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Kapp/Shipp.

  1. "Overture" – 8:32
  2. "Before" – 4:27
  3. "During" – 5:51
  4. "Money" – 6:11
  5. "Cactus" – 5:32
  6. "After" – 8:09
  7. "Good Wood" – 10:50
  8. "Snow Storm Coming" – 5:41
  9. "The 3rd Sound" – 6:08



  1. ^ Cactus at Northern Spy
  2. ^ Masters, Marc. Cactus review at Pitchfork
  3. ^ MccLenaghan, Dan. Cactus review at All About Jazz
  4. ^ Ackermann, Karl. Cactus review at All About Jazz