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Rave Reviews for The Subliminal and the Sublime

The Subliminal and the Sublime received glowing reviews this summer from the LA Times, All Music Guide, Downbeat, JazzTimes, Sequenza21, NextBop, Irish Times, NYC Jazz Record, and many others. Here is a sampling of what the press had to say:

as evocative as you might hope

– Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times


purely and simply, a magnificent album

– Dave Lynch, iTunes / All Music Guide


a masterly paced arc of tension and release… Dingman’s layered compositions and intuitive performances successfully achieve his ambition.. it’s a landscape both beautiful and persistently mysterious. We’re compelled to listen, then listen even closer

– Jeff Potter, Downbeat


This album is meticulously assembled in the service of deep emotion. For Dingman, phenomena of the natural world, like crumbling landscapes in Pinnacles National Park, are personal. So are circles of new redwoods that grow from the roots of deceased redwood trees. His achievement, through music, is to make those natural mysteries and renewals personal for us all.

– Thomas Conrad, JazzTimes

There is something more here, something otherworldly, mysterious, almost numinous about Dingman’s approach that make his second release as leader one of the freshest and most unusual sounds to reach these ears this year… Wherever he finds his sound, what is striking is its utter originality.

– Cormac Larkin, Irish Times


a special experience for the listener

– Christian Carey, Sequenza21

The sprawling 62-minute work is compelling from beginning to end.

– Miller Wren, NextBop

Dingman’s suite has much in common thematically with the vivid Americana of Aaron Copland and equally ambitious through-composed music of Pat Metheny and cyclical works of Steve Reich… an airy, cerebrally exciting marvel of a place that rewards with multiple listens.

– Ken Micallef, NYC Jazz Record


Chris Dingman isn’t just a talented jazz vibraphonist: he’s a brilliant tunesmith.

New York Music Daily / Lucid Culture


The Subliminal and The Sublime will lift your spirits, challenging yet reassuring, pulling you in and putting you under its spell.

– Richard Kamins, Step Tempest


It’s a beautiful sonic trip that you should take

– Dave Rodgers, WTJU


Sublime is exactly that—perfectly paced, beautifully performed.

– Frank Alkyer, Downbeat Editor’s Pick


New Album Coming June 16!

Chris’s newest album, The Subliminal and the Sublime, will be released June 16, 2015, on the Inner Arts label. Commissioned by Chamber Music America and the Doris Duke Foundation, this is the highly-anticipated follow-up to Dingman’s Waking Dreams, which was voted Debut Album of the Year in the 2012 jazz critics poll now hosted by NPR Music.

Already called “what might be the best album of the year” in the Lucid Culture concert review, The Subliminal and the Sublime is a monumental 62-minute work continuously unfolding in five movements. Blending jazz, contemporary chamber music, ambient electronica, and minimalism through vivid textures and sweeping narratives, Dingman explores subliminal layers of patterns, detail, and depth inspired by the natural world.

Stay tuned for more info, including when and where to preview and pre-order the album.