New Orbit

New Orbit is an album by American jazz pianist Matthew Shipp recorded in 2000 and released on Thirsty Ear's Blue Series. Shipp leads a quartet with trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, bassist William Parker and drummer Gerald Cleaver.

New Orbit
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Studio album by
RecordedSeptember 14, 2000
StudioSeltzer Sound, New York City
LabelThirsty Ear
ProducerMatthew Shipp
Matthew Shipp chronology
Expansion, Power, Release
New Orbit


Professional ratings
Review scores
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide     [1]
Allmusic     [2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz    [3]

In his review for AllMusic, Paula Edelstein states "New Orbit is an excellent delivery of avant-garde and free jazz that remains uncompromising, unrelenting, and totally individual."[2]

The Penguin Guide to Jazz says that "The music is becoming more obviously accessible, yet more mysterious at the same time - a fascinating agenda."[3]

The Pitchfork review by Matt LeMay claims "With New Orbit, Matthew Shipp has crafted an album that manages to merge the accessibility and raw appeal of Pastoral Composure with adventurous new textures that go beyond anything he has produced in the past."[4]

In his review for PopMatters, Andrew Johnson notes "Clocking in at a little under forty minutes, one of the most attractive aspects of Matthew Shipp's New Orbit is its brevity and focus."[5]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Matthew Shipp
  1. "New Orbit" – 2:59
  2. "Paradox X" – 4:31
  3. "Orbit 2" – 3:39
  4. "Chi" – 7:50
  5. "Orbit 3" – 2:23
  6. "U Feature" – 3:56
  7. "Syntax" – 7:16
  8. "Maze Hint" – 1:09
  9. "Paradox Y" – 3:54
  10. "Orbit 4" – 1:31



  1. ^ Brackett, Nathan (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. The Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Fireside. pp. 732. ISBN 0743201698.
  2. ^ a b Edelstein, Paula. Matthew Shipp – New Orbit: Review at AllMusic. Retrieved October 20, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2002). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (6th ed.). London: Penguin. p. 1338. ISBN 0140515216.
  4. ^ LeMay, Matt. New Orbit review at Pitchfork
  5. ^ Johnson, Andrew. New Orbit review at PopMatters