Matthew Shipp / Nate Wooley
"Two singular artists continually expanding in their own ever-personal unique universes. Taking & loving risks. Yet staying true to the form(s) while transforming. Multifaceted. Multidirectional. Multidimensional. - Steve Dalachinsky"
The Seven Storey Mountain
"The Seven Storey Mountain is an attempt to represent the ecstatic experience as described by Thomas Merton in his book of the same name, from the uncertainty, to a kind of elation, through the "dark night of the soul" and through to a feeling of peace and communion. It is by no means a religious work, nor is the ecstatic experience singular to Christianity, but is found in many disciplines, religious or otherwise, and most definitely in music from the opening chords of "Thus Spake Zarathustra" to the free jazz movement of the 60s right on up to the modern day noise work, there is an element of the ecstatic experience which draws the listener in."
The Seven Storey Mountain II
"The second piece of composer and experimental trumpeter Nate Wooley’s planned seven-part Seven Storey Mountain. For this round, Wooley engaged Chris Corsano (drums) and C. Spencer Yeh (amplified violin) to join him in creating the forty-three minute, highly improvisatory single-track recording. It is a haunting, often aggressive sound world that moves from a place of chilled droning into a dense and pummeling chaos, before returning to a stressed restraint reminiscent of the work’s opening moments. In his notes to the release, Wooley cites the piece’s exploration of fear, anger, and “spiritual catharsis."
The Seven Storey Mountain III & IV
"A double disc set featuring two live performances from Brooklyn's Issue Project Room in 2010 and 2012. This continues the series of recordings released over the past five years on Important Records of Wooley's long form electro-acoustic work and features, alongside the composer on trumpet and amplifier, such leading lights of the experimental music scene. SSMIII was commissioned while Wooley was in residence at Issue Project Room in 2010 and portions of SSMIV were commissioned for Phillip Glass' birthday celebration and the Festival of New Trumpet in 2012. This is the first recording of both in their entirety, and has been released in a limited edition of 500 copies with art by C. Spencer Yeh."
The Complete Syllables Music
"Beautiful box featuring reissues of the long out of print  and  Syllables and the premiere recording of the epic 150 minute For Kenneth Gaburo. Essays and Liner Notes by Nate Wooley and others along with an exclusive separate booklet of Syllables Scores. Design and art by Lasse Marhaug ."
"The set up and sequencing of the album, featuring the four distinct voices, makes for a captivating listen. Battle Pieces is a thoughtful and unusually constructed album that offers the patient listener a fine musical experience (Paul Acquaro, The Free Jazz Collective)"
Seven Storey Mountain V
"This album requires active engagement on the part of the listener. It’ll push you through your confusion into a place satisfyingly close to enlightenment. High volume and good speakers are heavily recommended."
Battle Pieces 2
"The second series of Battle Pieces, a compositional system that now consists of roughly 100 short pieces that are manipulated and articulated differently by the members of the band for each performance in order to give one member who is purely improvising a very hard time, is out today on Relative Pitch Records. Beautiful playing all the way around on this live set recorded in Germany last year and featuring Sylvie Courvoisier, Ingrid Laubrock, and Matt Moran. - Nate Wooley"
Knknighgh (Minimal Poetry For Aram Saroyan)
"We can say without exaggeration that the new project by Nate Wooley introduces in the so-called “free jazz” format a system that few times – if ever – we encountered with such a relevance for the musical results since the harmolodic process proposed by Ornette Coleman. And the always surprising trumpeter is very much aware of the ground breaking possibilities of this band with the upcoming New York musicians Chris Pitsiokos, Brandon Lopez and Dré Hocevar, and of the music recorded in “Knknighgh” (to be pronounced as “knife”), when presenting it as «a radical new take on the classic free jazz quartet tradition». So it is: you immediately recognize the approach as free jazz, and yet, free jazz never sounded like this before. - Clean Feed"