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Other Dimensions In Music: Now!

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Unlike John Patitucci’s new release of the same name, Other Dimensions In Music applies an exclamation point to underscore the intensity and immediacy of their group vision. A highlight of this year’s Vision Festival, a weeklong celebration of improvised music held on New York’s Lower East Side, this collective quartet has carved out a niche in late ’90s avant garde with its dynamic and vibrant sound.

Vastly underrated trumpter Roy Campbell Jr. is a commanding presence on the front line of ODIM. His fiercely uncompromising style is a continuation of the adventurous path that Don Cherry blazed. Plus, his chops are as formidable as his imagination. Free spirit Daniel Carter may be the secret weapon of the group. A highly emotive multi-instrumentalist, he switches from alto to tenor saxes to flute and trumpet with equal aplomb and sense of daring. The rolling, pedaling pulse of drummer Rashid Bakr and bassist William Parker allows both Campbell and Carter to roam anywhere the spirit moves them, separately or in tandem. And their tendencies are, more often than not (like Cherry and Ornette Coleman) rooted in melodicism and marked by uncanny vocal phrasing. The resulting music can be highly volatile or uncommonly tender…sometimes within the same piece, as on the 33-minute suite “For the Glass Tear.”

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