- OTHER DIMENSIONS IN MUSIC Special Quintet w/ Matthew Shipp
Time Is Of The Essence Is Beyond Time.........Album Reviews
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by Steven Joerg
with Roy Campbell and Matthew Shipp
Recorded by Alen Hadzi Stefanov on December 2, 1997 at the Knitting Factory, NYC
Mixed by Alen Hadzi Stefanov
Mastered by Chris Flam at Mindswerve, NYC
Cover photo & Design by Ming@409
Photo back by Michael Galinsky
OTHER DIMENSIONS IN MUSIC is a collective creative improv unit featuring 4 of the most accomplished and profoundly gifted players of their respective instruments. Period. As practitioners of the fine art of lucid improvisation, they reside at the highest level. On this, the group's second AUM Fidelity album, they are joined by the equally gifted MATTHEW SHIPP. 'Time Is Of The Essence' is another fully improvised excursion actualizing what is possible with sound when masters congregate. Divine. -SJ
the liner notes:
The next year, a desire from within the group was expressed to occasionally expand their sonic template by incorporating a pianist. Mutual respect and admiration led to a series of breathtaking NYC performances as a special quintet with Matthew Shipp in '97 and '98, followed by a trio of East Coast shows in Boston, Amherst and Washington DC. The sheer thrills and emotional impact of this 'instant music' were not lost on any of the audiences. Most of these concerts were taped to multi-track. My original intent for this CD was to arrange a collection of especially strong sequences from these tapes. Roy, Matthew, and myself got together for listening sessions last year. We never listened past the first couple NYC tapes. There was simply too much great music. Even limiting the eventual CD to these shows, it was proving difficult to figure how sequences could be excised. There was a stunning new surprise around each corner. In the end, it was their third communion on December 2, 1997, in its entirety, that became this CD. From the first gestures (jumping in as if they had been playing together all afternoon) to the last, this is a truly divine performance. There are many journeys taken, many songs within these 66+ minutes. In presenting one entire concert, the additional marvel of hearing all of these journeys unfold in rapid succession is also retained. An epic synaptic-cinema experience: 5 projectors in synchro, all lenses sparkling and in focus. Your mind's screen ought to be dust-free as well. The IDs included here are flags, reel changes if you will, provided for future listens in which you may not have a full hour, but need a specific dose of the decidedly diverse, and blessed bliss, provided herein.
>> It is my implicit understanding that the music contained herein is at the vanguard of the distinctly Afro-American means of expression known as Jazz. This is a language that has been updated and advanced through the work of truly original voices throughout this century, in order to retain a direct relevance to the present day. As such, I feel it represents the vanguard of organized sound as well. These five musicians belong to a group of select few who have developed and voiced the latest advances in this language with an eloquence, lucidity, and passion that is, to the point, unparalleled. When the music, as on this CD, is created without pen or paper, indeed without precognition of any kind, the absolute cogency of its rhythmic and harmonic advances is even more remarkable.
Science fact now is more astounding than science fiction. The human brain remains the ultimate supercomputer. While playing together, these musicians are plugging into the worldwide collective thereof. Their ability to tune into, and aurally recreate, complex vibrations in constant flux, is by my estimation one of the greatest wonders of the world. The history of human sound organization is part of the palette, always expanding; always available for those rare musicians who have exerted the energy and exercised the discipline required to instantaneouly plug in. This album presents more great work from some of those who have. -Steven Joerg, Brooklyn, NYC, January 2000