Elastic Aspects

Elastic Aspects is an album by American jazz pianist Matthew Shipp recorded in 2011 and released on Thirsty Ear's Blue Series. It was the debut studio recording by the trio with Michael Bisio on bass and Whit Dickey on drums, following a live performance included in Art of the Improviser.

Elastic Aspects
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Studio album by
RecordedJuly 8, 2011
StudioSystems Two, New York City
LabelThirsty Ear
ProducerPeter Gordon
Matthew Shipp chronology
Broken Partials
Elastic Aspects
Floating Ice


Professional ratings
Review scores
Down Beat     [1]

In a review for JazzTimes Mike Shanley notes that "His playing here, and especially on the solo tracks, has a lyrical, delicate quality that should surprise anyone expecting more familiar avant-garde moves, like heavy thunder from the bottom of the keyboard."[2]

The All About Jazz review by John Sharpe states "Shipp sounds like no-one else, with a style characterized by abrupt contrasts of crystalline delicacy rubbing shoulders with dissonant depth charges and insistent circular motifs."[3]

The Down Beat review by Bill Meyer says that "Elastic Aspects can be seen as a companion piece to its predecessor in the way that it very explicitly breaks down the components of his trio music and isolates how they interact."[1]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Matthew Shipp
  1. "Alternative Aspects" – 2:19
  2. "Aspects" – 0:27
  3. "Psychic Counterpart" – 4:47
  4. "Frame Focus" – 3:52
  5. "Flow Chart" – 1:30
  6. "Mute Voice" – 3:12
  7. "Explosive Aspects" – 3:19
  8. "Raw Materials" – 5:30
  9. "Rainforest" – 5:08
  10. "Stage 10" – 3:12
  11. "Dimension" – 3:24
  12. "Elastic Aspects" – 4:30
  13. "Elastic Eye" – 7:36



  1. ^ a b Meyer, Bill. Elastic Aspects review. Down Beat April 12: page 52. Print.
  2. ^ Shanley, Mike. Elastic Aspects review at JazzTimes
  3. ^ Sharpe, John. Elastic Aspects review at All About Jazz