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Shipp's Right Hemisphere project is a powerful and expressive quartet of improvisers in abstract compositions based on intuitive, right brain processes.
 

Right Hemisphere (Shipp / Brown / Morris / Dickey)
Right Hemisphere

Right Hemisphere (Shipp / Brown / Morris / Dickey): Right Hemisphere (RogueArt)
Label: RogueArt    
Released in: France    


"[...] Shipp explains in the liner notes that the right hemisphere is "the intuitive side of the brain, the god part of the brain, the part that processes in wholes not in linear sequences, the part that is out of time and rooted in eternity". Now, saying that, and claiming that as the underlying process for the album is very much a left hemisphere thing to do, rooted in the rational, part of the conceptual. Hence the paradox. And the music reflects that paradox.

The concept for the 11 tracks are pre-discussed, abstractly without rehearsal, yet the performance results from the musicians' improvisation on it, interacting and creating the concept together. In most of the tracks, Shipp is one of the most decisive factors in the overall direction of the piece, setting the tone and the atmosphere, yet without taking leadership, easily offering the lead voice to Brown, whose unbelievably strong emotional playing is a pleasure to hear.

Shipp is a true master in getting the best out of his band-mates, and not only on this album, even to the extent that he is absent on two tracks. And that works well too : Brown, Morris and Dickey unleash all their skills on "Falling In", and then you think you've heard some strong emotional playing, until you hear the short piano solo ballad on which Shipp demonstrates his sensitivity. But the quartet goes way beyond pure emotions, creating art for the sake of art, searching novelty and pattern-breaking approaches in order to get this new expressiveness, this new sound. It's avant-garde in that sense, but with a high emotional component, as can be heard on "Hyperspace", but especially on "Lava".

The last track "Red In Gray" is an absolute beauty, a mid-tempo improvisation, still agitated, but less nervous, more coherent, more soulful too, than some of the other more abstract tracks on the CD. "Pent-up pensiveness erupting like into volcanic tides of overflowing Lava smothering breathing swinging hot drum solo deep within the core where always this earth is alive slipping ever so gently "Red In Gray" elegantly reuniting us with the flesh where one barely feels the blood as it flows thru the ashes back into our hearts warming our bones", that's how Steve Dalachinsky describes those two tracks, and that's pretty close to what I thought, yet a little more right hemisphere."-freejazz-stef






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Product Information:

UPC: 3760131270136

Label: RogueArt
Catalog ID: 13
Squidco Product Code: 9715

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: France
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded on January 5, 2006 by Leon Lee Dorsey at Leon Lee Dorsey Studio, NY.

Personnel:

Matt Shipp-piano

Rob Brown-alto saxophone

Joe Morris-double bass

Whit Dickey-drums

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Track Listing:

1. Right Hemisphere 3:22

2. You Rang 4:31

3. Bubbles 3:33

4. Ice 3:39

5. Hyperspace 2:12

6. Dice 5:14

7. Incremental 5:45

8. Falling In 5:59

9. The Sweet Science 1:44

10. Lava 8:41

11. Red in Gray 9:06