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
"“Seven Storey Mountain” involve a sloughing off of conventional technique in favor of esoteric sounds, and a sensation of slow, steady ascent through mysterious terrain toward a distant peak. -Steve Smith, New York Times"
The Seven Storey Mountain II
"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. -Molly Sheridan, New Music Box"
The Seven Storey Mountain III & IV
"The concept of this cycle is to simulate the ecstatic experience described by Trappist Monk Thomas Merton in his book of the same name. The music is both introspective and noisily rapturous. -Mark Corroto, All About Jazz"
The Complete Syllables Music
"This is an artist dedicated to questioning boundaries, pushing limits, and flirting with failure in all its forms. These things take a toll. But the next shore is already in sight - the last essay in The Complete Syllables Music box outlines a proposal for adapting the system for chamber ensemble. -Eric McDowell, Free Jazz Blog"
"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"
The 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. -David Menestres, Free Jazz Blog"
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)
"You will experience a beautiful set of improvised and composed music, dedicated to and inspired by the poetry of Aram Saroyan. Regardless if you pick out all of the composed parts or some of it or none at all, or if know and like the poetry of Aram Saroyan or not, this album is a beautiful piece of art that you should listen to carefully, maybe with your earphones on and a glass of wine at your side. -Daniel Böker, Free Jazz Blog"
"Wooley’s purpose seems to be, more than the development of a composition, the ignition of a series of sound activities overlapping one on the other and interacting in a dramatic coexistence. Tones, hisses, sound shreds, scrapes, growls and groans are transformed into circuitous trumpet lines getting lost and winding up in unexpected peaks. -Paolo Casertano, Free Jazz Blog"