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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 listener’s 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 Daniel Carter. Throughout, the musicians explore undulating rhythms, brash statements, peaks and valleys while displaying the utmost in solidarity and communication. 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 structures 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 - * * * * ½
Daniel Carter; Alto and Tenor Saxophone, Flute, Trumpet: Roy Campbell Jr.; Trumpet, Flugelhorn & Pocket Trumpet: Matthew Shipp; Piano: William Parker; Bass: Rashid Bakr; Drums
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