''a monumental double cd--Shipp's pianism sounds as galvanic as ever--few pianists command a comparable imagination nor the technical wherewithal to realize it.''
Financial times--4 star review
''the blend, however is seamless, as Shipp's freely developed compositions sustain mood.''
Time Out New York
''Shipp's genius---relentless pursuit of beauty''
Lexington Herald Leader
''strong compositional base--the improvisational prowess is remarkable''
''[a] wonderful double disc''
''Matthew Shipp may be the jazz world's best pianist''
''art of the improviser serves as a testament to Shipp's achievements, yet it is also a continuation of the discovery in his developmental musical language.''
''This is a set to enjoy over and over because there is so much to absorb.''
London Jazz Blog
''This was a sophisticated set of reflections and explorations-it was quite an achievement''
All About Jazz
''Like Cecil Taylor and Thelonious Monk Shipp tends to force listeners to queue up in line,either for him or against him--will be detested by detractors and praised by advocates,making art of the improviser one of his best performances on disc.''
Sounds of Timeless Jazz
''overall,there is very real emotion and intellect behind Shipp's improvisations which makes art of the improviser a must have for your record collection.''