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Released  2001
Length  39:08
Artist  Matthew Shipp
Producer  Matthew Shipp
Genre  Jazz
Recorded  September 14, 2000
New Orbit (2001)  Songs (2002)
Release date  2001
Label  Thirsty Ear Recordings
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Studio  Seltzer Sound, New York City
Matthew Shipp albums  Pastoral Composure, Art of the Improviser, Piano Sutras, Rex - Wrecks & XXX, Piano Vortex

New Orbit is an album by American jazz pianist Matthew Shipp recorded in 2000 and released on Thirsty Ear's Blue Series. Shipp leads a quartet with trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, bassist William Parker and drummer Gerald Cleaver.



In his review for AllMusic, Paula Edelstein states "New Orbit is an excellent delivery of avant-garde and free jazz that remains uncompromising, unrelenting, and totally individual."

The Penguin Guide to Jazz says that "The music is becoming more obviously accessible, yet more mysterious at the same time - a fascinating agenda."

The Pitchfork review by Matt LeMay claims "With New Orbit, Matthew Shipp has crafted an album that manages to merge the accessibility and raw appeal of Pastoral Composure with adventurous new textures that go beyond anything he has produced in the past."

In his review for PopMatters, Andrew Johnson notes "Clocking in at a little under forty minutes, one of the most attractive aspects of Matthew Shipp's New Orbit is its brevity and focus."

Track listing

All compositions by Matthew Shipp
  1. "New Orbit" – 2:59
  2. "Paradox X" – 4:31
  3. "Orbit 2" – 3:39
  4. "Chi" – 7:50
  5. "Orbit 3" – 2:23
  6. "U Feature" – 3:56
  7. "Syntax" – 7:16
  8. "Maze Hint" – 1:09
  9. "Paradox Y" – 3:54
  10. "Orbit 4" – 1:31


  • Matthew Shipp - piano
  • Wadada Leo Smith - trumpet
  • William Parker – bass
  • Gerald Cleaver – drums
  • Songs

    1New Orbit2:59
    3Orbit 23:38


    New Orbit Wikipedia