|Studio album by|
|Recorded||November 19, 1987|
(tracks 7-10 February 14, 1988)
|Studio||Evergreen, New York|
(track 7-10 Sorcerer Sound, New York)
|Producer||Matthew Shipp, Rob Brown|
|Matthew Shipp chronology|
|Rob Brown chronology|
Both musicians played together for about 5 years before. "Sonic Explorations" is a suite in 6 sections (including a piano solo and a sax solo section). The duo also plays jazz standards Oleo by Sonny Rollins and Blue in Green (credited to Miles Davis on Kind of Blue, but Shipp believes that Bill Evans wrote the piece). "I love Bill Evans even though a lot of people don't connect my playing with him at all. I learned a lot from him about phrasing, harmonic possibilities of the piano", Shipp says. The 2000 CD reissue adds additional takes of both standards.
|The Penguin Guide to Jazz|||
In his review for AllMusic, Thom Jurek states "This duet by Matthew Shipp and Rob Brown from the late '80s offers a slice-of-the-pie view of Shipp's rethinking his own approach to improvisation and ensemble playing." The Penguin Guide to Jazz says that "there's much detailed interplay between piano and saxophone, with Brown's beautiful tone and ripping phrasing pushing the pianist into an accompanying role at times."
- All compositions by Matthew Shipp except as indicated
- "Sonic Explorations Section 1" - 8:07
- "Sonic Explorations Section 2" - 4:10
- "Sonic Explorations Section 3" - 5:46
- "Sonic Explorations Section 4" - 4:08
- "Sonic Explorations Section 5" (Rob Brown) - 5:21
- "Sonic Explorations Section 6" - 9:44
- "Oleo" (Sonny Rollins) - 3:32
- "Blue in Green" (Miles Davis / Bill Evans) - 6:10
- "Oleo - take 2" (Sonny Rollins) - 3:37
- "Blue in Green - take 2" (Miles Davis / Bill Evans) - 4:10
- 8 & 9 does not appear on original LP
- Original Liner Notes (interview taken and transcribed by Bob Rusch)
- Jurek, Thom. Matthew Shipp – Sonic Explorations: Review at AllMusic. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
- Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed.). London: Penguin. p. 1293. ISBN 0-14-103401-7.