"If this is the future of jazz, then I'm in." -Steven Blush
New Music Report
"New York City's Other Dimensions In Music improvise with an undiluted
sense of passion and adventure. These are a generation's masters at
the very height of their powers."
- Tad Hendrickson
PRESS July 2000 Rated 5/5
< Brilliant all-out improvisation from five masters >
Other Dimensions in Music are one of New York's best kept musical secrets,
barely known after 20 years together. What this says about the majority
jazz audience and about label heads is not pretty. Fortunately, AUM
Fidelity is doing the world the great service of releasing ODIM's music.
Where the last album, 1998's Now! was a (barely) reined-in studio session
(and one of the best albums of that year), this disc documents a single
evening's performance from December 1997. There are no "solos" in ODIM
pieces; rather a solid, continously evolving whole. Trumpeter Roy Campbell
and reedman Daniel Carter hurl shimmering comets of sound back and forth,
while bassist William Parker and drummer Rashid Bakr hold their own,
tangential but vital musical conversation beneath. Pianist Matthew Shipp,
not usually a group member, willingly allows himself to be hurtled along
as the group find their way into, around and through the music. The
result is a truly oceanic sound, swirling and mixing almost too fast
to focus on individual elements. The listener is left with a feeling
of being almost over-full of joy, of energy, of life. This music charges
the heart and soul. -Phil Freeman
On "Other Dimensions in Music-Special Quintet w/ Matthew Shipp," the
band explores the outer realm of jazz improvisation along with an elevated
degree of expressiveness and emotion that could easily parallel the
trials and tribulations of everyday life. To borrow from "The Beatles",
the band takes the listener on a "Magical Mystery Tour" of free-jazz
with this fine outing titled, Time Is Of The Essence Is Beyond Time!
Track titles are listed in numerical sequence so it is up to the imagination
to deduce the intentions and grasp the vast concepts exhibited throughout
these seven pieces. On track "1", renowned bassist William Parker's
fervent articulations assists with the tone, pulse and flow while drummer
Rashid Bakr and Shipp create somewhat of a garrulous undercurrent for
lead soloists, trumpeter Roy Campbell Jr. and woodwind specialist/trumpeter.
Throughout, the musicians explore undulating rhythms, brash statements,
peaks and valleys while displaying the utmost in solidarity and communicaton.
At times, the band's music invokes that of a crowd in protest. Trumpeter
Roy Campbell Jr. sounds as though he's bestowing a dissertation atop
Parker's circular passages on track "4" while Shipp's swirling chord
clusters along with the ferocious rhythmic help launch the overall proceedings
into the sonic stratosphere. Essentially, there is more than enough
going on here to sustain interest, not to mention a vivid sense of adventure
via multidimensional frameworks. Time Is Of The Essence is Beyond Time
is brimming with innocence, harmony, crisp dialogue and passion as the
musicians pursue a cavalcade of themes and motifs in consolidated fashion.
Simply put, this striking convergence of astute musical minds does indeed
convey...."Other Dimensions In Music".....Highly Recommended - 5 Stars.
- Glenn Astarita
ODIM. Five master improvisors, each with the accumulated grasp of decades
of jazz history. Five musicians who know the rules yet choose to break
them. Most strikingly, five individuals who constantly interconnect,
wrapping musical tentacles around each other, playing as one. Time is
free jazz in the most abstract sense.
of the title convey the two guiding principles of this recording: urgency
and spirituality. The music conveys these ideas even better. Rarely
does the pace or flow sag. And constantly underlying the music on Time
is a sense of humility and searching.
second disc from ODIM, features the original quartet lineup plus the
added sonority of pianist Matthew Shipp. It presents a coherent extension
of the first ODIM recording, Now!: not for the squeamish, and certainly
not for anyone reluctant to experience intensity. Trumpeter Roy Campbell
and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter twist and trade lines in the
upper register while Shipp punches and thrusts his way through the midline.
Meanwhile, bassist William Parker performs his usual role as rock-solid
center, the electrical ground of the group, a great unifier. Rashid
Bakr, drummer and colorist, is largely freed by Parker from the role
of time-keeper, allowing him to splash his way across the cymbals and
twist time into a knot on the drums.
fluidly through terrain that few groups even attempt to cover. The intensity
of this group comes from a celebration of melody, a profound respect
for the vibrations of the universe. It's not the fierce piercing intensity
of Albert Ayler and his modern disciples -- instead, a more delicate
and sensitive process of discovery and transformation. - Nils Jacobson
MUSIC GALLERY e.LIST
This amazing contemporary free/jazz offering was recorded live at the
Knit in December of '97 and is only the third release by this downtown
all-star quartet who been around for over a decade. Each member of the
quartet is both a leader and powerful improviser in their own right,
with a couple of decades experience under each of their belts. The frontline
is Roy Campbell on trumpets and Daniel Carter on saxes/flute/trumpet
also from the equally amazing Test, plus wonder-bassist William Parker
who leads numerous great ensembles and drummer Rashid Bakr who has played
for Cecil Taylor. Each and every gig that I have witnessed by Other
Dimensions has been tremendous, but adding piano giant Matt Shipp pushes
their energy even higher to the heavens! Right from the opening, the
cosmic energy is flowing through currents and washing over us in waves
- spirits connecting with each other on a telepathic level, often busy
and bursting with ideas or solos which erupt out of the swell of the
storm arising. Both Roy's & Daniel's horns swirl around each other and
often explode with intensity, while the ever-probing piano gladiator
Mr. Shipp balances the densities and textures between the free-flowing
horns and rhythm section. This cd is one entire concert that moves in
natural-sounding waves between mountains & valleys, oceans & ponds.
The many years experience of playing has paid off, with connections
being made on various levels, the shifting of densities moves together
planet to planet, events unfolding in layers until the purity of intent
shines through. The cd cover art/picture is also well chosen - an MC
Escher-like building that inter-connects on an infinite looking number
of levels, reminding us of how well this music also inter-connects!
This is cosmic music of the present, for the special time in which we
now dwell. - Bruce Gallanter
Other Dimensions in Music 's last album, Now!, was damn close to perfect.
The quartet improvised from the ground up for more than an hour and
created an original and spiritual music that demanded lengthy and repeated
attention. Building on the ideas of Ornette Coleman's early-'60s quartet,
ODIM surged and swayed, playing a music as full and infinitely varied
as the depths of the ocean. Little wonder, then, that Matthew Shipp,
one of the most consistently fascinating pianists in jazz , was struck
by the group's sound and wished to collaborate with them, resulting
in a series of live dates documented on this release. Rather than disrupting
the group's organic, collaborative dynamic, Shipp adds a great deal
to the proceedings. His intuitive bond with William Parker is well-known
and demonstrated amply here; Parker's throbbing lines underpin Shipp's
pointillistic piano and trumpeter Roy Campbell's brilliant, effervescent
high-note runs. Saxaphonist/flautist/second trumpeter Daniel Carter's
work (also heard in Test) is similarly excellent, as is the never overbearing,
always complementary work of drummer Rashid Bakr. With this album, Other
Dimensions in Music is cementing the foundation of what will be a formidable,
evolving, and startingly beautiful music.