Composer, multi-instrumentalist, and visual artist Rob Mazurek has made his Exploding Star Orchestra the centerpiece of his larger groups. In this formation, he finds ample room to channel his disparate influences such as Sun Ra and Bill Dixon, and the distinctions he's absorbed as a global citizen. On Dimensional Stardust Mazurek and a dozen collaborators present an energetic, always changeable, genre-less mélange of styles held together by imagination and daring.
Dimensional Stardust opens with "Sun Core Tet (Parable 99)"; the opulent strings of Reid and violinist Macie Stewart call to mind an uninhabited region of Mazurek's soundscape. The aura becomes more exotic and complex with "Galaxy 1000" and "Parable of Inclusion," taking a turn for the unearthly on "Abstract Dark Energy (Parable 9)." The concluding piece, the longest on the album, "Autumn Pleiades," is a gorgeous and sophisticated refinement of physical movement; think of Gerald Wilson's Orchestra filtered through alien satellite transmissions.
The triple percussionistsTaylor, Mikel Patrick Avery, and John Herndonenergetically engage with the ensemble, keeping the multi-dimensional music moving flawlessly through some dense passages. When the album's extensive accessories clash with its abstract construction, it is less a jarring effect than one might think. Mazurek knows where he wants to pause the inventive spirit to let the music breathe; it exhales sounds of earth and those beyond.
Sun Core Tet (Parable 99); A Wrinkle In Time Sets Concentric Circles Reeling; Galaxy 1000; The Careening Prism Within (Parable 43); Abstract Dark Energy (Parable 9); Parable of Inclusion; Dimensional Stardust (Parable 33); Minerals Bionic Stereo; Parable 3000 (We All Come From Somewhere Else); Autumn Pleiades.
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