Roy Campbell: trumpet, flugelhorn, pocket trumpet
Daniel Carter: alto sax, tenor sax, flute, trumpet
William Parker: bass
Rashid Bakr: drums
Other Dimensions In Music was a collective creative improvising quartet of epic proportions. While performing on a somewhat regular basis in New York City during the 80s and 90s (and into the 21st), Now! was only their second album in their then 15 years of togetherness. They were one of the key groups in AUM Fidelity's young mind-eye to work with when it was firmly decided the label =would= be launched.
ODIM were/are one of our favorite bands of all time. Sonics of deep compassion & over-standing; pulse and lyricism and buoyant uplift the modus operandi. Honestly, no other fully improvising band at the time could touch them for spontaneous song creation and evolution into the next brand new one. Not until Farmers By Nature came to be in the next decade that is, but that's another story..
The Roy Campbell & Daniel Carter front-line? Seriously hard to match their brass & reed combo heights. And the pulse-bed that William Parker & Rashid Bakr laid out? I often thought that any improvising musician the world over would have to be filled with joy playing on top of that. Following are some press responses from back in '98..
"Far more than just 'energy music' as some critics have dismissed the avant garde, ODIM is onto a group dynamic that is thoughtful, full of nuance and passion, sometimes provocative, sometimes poignant, but never predictable." –Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes
"The key is that no matter how spontaneous the music, the foursome sounds complementary and in control at all times, shaping the sounds with continuous, thoughtful modulations of dynamics, color, and intensity. Music that whispers and roars." –Art Lange, Pulse
Jazziz Top 10 Critics Picks of 1998
Jazziz Reader's Poll Top 'Avant' Album of the Year 1998
#1 CMJ Jazz Charts
"A tensile, vigorous, stunningly intuitive world of sound, recasting ideas and instincts first made prominent in the Sixties with an often electrifying immediacy that is wholly of the moment: this moment. The genius of this ensemble is how it embraces the open forms and fluid dynamics advanced by those [earlier] avant gardists while imbuing the music with what James Brown would call soul power."
–Steve Dollar, Playboy
"The music they play is bathed in a seraphic light. Indeed, supernatural things do happen. These one-of-a-kind events become as much a vehicle for the listener's transformation as for the musician's unfettered self-expression."
–Pete Gershon, The Valley Advocate
"Cosmic tones for 21st century mental healing that demand to be experienced." –Scott Hreha, Soundboard / Signal To Noise
"Perhaps the most remarkable element of the ensemble's playing is the manner in which the music conveys a sense of calm and beauty within a purely free framework. The wonderful thing about this music is the seemingly endless maze of musical paths and explorations. Still, one hardly needs to strain the mind to grasp how the musicians so successfully ride the miracle of improvised creation. Instead, one can simply enjoy the beauty of how wonderful this brilliant ensemble makes you feel." –Josh Shapiro, WKCR-FM
Long out of print on CD, we are very stoked to finally have this recording available again in its full resolution glory.
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