Right Hemisphere: Right Hemisphere (2009)
The eleven songs explore a wide range of moods, including the meditative "Red in Gray," urgently explosive "Lava," free-spirited "Falling In" and vaguely ominous "You Rang." And yet even when the emotions feel familiar, there's something deliciously elusive about this music; it never settles for easy answers or familiar aural territory. The CD has a disciplined energy throughout, which creates a refreshing understated quality. The musicians are firmly committed to exploring the non-linear and do so through generating judicious dissonance, crafting unexpected shapes, and allowing each other the space to breathe and question.
Poet and jazz aficionado Steve Dalachinsky wrote the liner notes for the CD, and his stream-of- consciousness musings perfectly capture the CD's quality. He defines the right hemisphere of the brain as "where much of the soul's dark abstraction lies." Right Hemisphere delves into this unknown territory, and comes out with music that's rich and rewarding.
Track Listing: Right Hemisphere; You Rang; Bubbles; Ice; Hyperspace; Dice; Incremental; Falling In; The Sweet Science; Lava; Red in Gray.
Personnel: Matthew Shipp: piano; Rob Brown: alto saxophone; Joe Morris: double-bass; Whit Dickey: drums.
Record Label: Rogue Art
Style: Modern Jazz