2-Z (album)

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Studio album by Matthew Shipp
Released 1996
Recorded August 15, 1995
Seltzer Sound, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 44:00
Label 2.13.61
Matthew Shipp chronology
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2-Z is an album by American jazz pianist Matthew Shipp with AACM saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell, which was recorded in 1995 and released on the 2.13.61 label. Shipp played previously with Mitchell's Note Factory on the album This Dance Is for Steve McCall, but 2-Z represents their first collaboration with Shipp as a leader.[1][2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide 2.5/5 stars[3]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[4]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz 3/4 stars[5]

In his review for AllMusic, Chris Kelsey states "The men speak the same language —albeit with slightly different accents— and they communicate quite well. A nice record."[4] The Penguin Guide to Jazz says about the album that "is a meeting of generations, and Shipp sounds respectful abd happy to take second place for much ot it, constantly searching for some normative path that might hint at a tonal centre."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Matthew Shipp and Roscoe Mitchell
  1. "2-Z" – 3:11
  2. "2-Z-2" – 4:03
  3. "2-Z-3" – 4:45
  4. "2-Z-4" – 3:47
  5. "2-Z-5" – 2:53
  6. "2-Z-6" – 2:46
  7. "2-Z-7" – 2:40
  8. "2-Z-8" – 4:13
  9. "2-Z-9" – 2:54
  10. "2-Z-10" – 6:02
  11. "2-Z-11 (The Physics of Angels)" – 6:46



  1. ^ Original Liner Notes by Robert Hicks
  2. ^ Matthew Shipp discography by Rick Lopez
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. The Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Fireside. p. 732. ISBN 0743201698. 
  4. ^ a b Kelsey, Chris. Matthew Shipp – 2-Z: Review at AllMusic. Retrieved March 13, 2014.
  5. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed.). London: Penguin. p. 1293. ISBN 0141034017.