Equilibrium Hot off the success of last years #1 CMJ Jazz record Nu Bop , Matthew went back into the studios to produce and record his most monumental recording yet, Equilibrium . Bringing together all the aspects of his previous recordings, Matthew has taken his concept to the next level with an exquisitely seamless mix of beats, hip hop, free jazz, and electronic music. What began with Nu Bop , Shipp has now achieved in Equilibrium The first of three major Shipp recordings in 2003, this album stands to break through the jazz barrier once again, as will two collaborative recordings - one with hip-hop supergroup Antipop Consortium, and the other being an ensemble production with rapper El-P. For more than a decade, Shipp has broken barriers and genre with his original style. In Equilibrium , he continues to challenge the limits and preconceptions of jazz with this explosive, beats-driven modern jazz recording. the band: Bassist William Parker takes the cue form Nu Bop and delivers some of his most stylistic playing yet. Drummer-extraordinaire Gerald Cleaver lays down delicious beats over Chris Flam s lucid/liquid synth programming, and vibes-man Khan Jamal creates warm, rich resonating tones - all this sewn seamlessly together through Matthew s unmistakably unique piano styling... in matt s own words: My new and fourth Blue Series record Equilibrium is a synthesis of what I"ve learned from all my other Blue Series albums. We are continuing to move into the future, exploring beat elements with modern jazz. But, I am also bringing to bear on this project, the goals I had on New Orbit of developing a jazz ambient music and my original goals on Pastoral Composure of exploring the elasticity of the jazz language when straight ahead jazz elements morph organically into more modern forms.