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Album Review

Bill Dixon: With Archie Shepp, 7-Tette & Orchestra Revisited

Read "With Archie Shepp, 7-Tette & Orchestra Revisited" reviewed by Chris May


If Bill Dixon is today, in 2023, less widely remembered than other New Thing warriors such as Archie Shepp, Cecil Taylor and Albert Ayler, it is partly because he had little desire for celebrity, devoting much of his energy to organizing on behalf of his fellow musicians and composers, and teaching. In 1964, midway through making the 1962-1967 recordings collected on this album, Dixon organized the historic October Revolution in Jazz at the Cellar Café in Manhattan, which ...

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Album Review

Cecil Taylor: With (Exit) To Student Studies Revisited

Read "With (Exit) To Student Studies Revisited" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Documenting the evolution of Cecil Taylor is an undertaking that is way beyond the pay grade of most listeners. Just as in the study of homo sapiens (yes, us) where there is no critical moment (the missing link) that we can definitely pinpoint where our ancestors established language, art and importantly, abstract thought, Taylor's music can be thought of in similar terms. Obviously his approach didn't emerge fully formed. Or did it? No, that is an irrational thought, but a ...

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Lyrics

Bill Dixon e Cecil Taylor: iniziò a Verona

Read "Bill Dixon e Cecil Taylor: iniziò a Verona" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


La pubblicazione di quest'inedita incisione in studio documenta un momento storico: il magistrale e fugace confronto artistico tra Bill Dixon e Cecil Taylor dell'estate 1992. I due protagonisti del free dettero il 25 giugno di quell'anno un concerto a Verona Jazz, nei giorni seguenti s'esibirono a Vienne (Francia) e subito dopo entrarono in studio a Villeurbanne per documentare i brani ora pubblicati. L'allora direttore di “Musica Jazz," Pino Candini, definì il concerto veronese “un incontro avvenuto sotto il ...

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Interview

Bill Dixon: An In-depth Look into the Accomplishments, Philosophies, and Convictions of the Man

Read "Bill Dixon: An In-depth Look into the  Accomplishments, Philosophies, and  Convictions of the Man" reviewed by Frank Rubolino


This interview was originally published at One Final Note in October 2002. When one reflects on the innovators who were fundamental in propelling the second wave of the new music movement in the 1960s, Bill Dixon's name always appears near the top of the list. His accomplishments as a musician and educator are vast, a small sampling of which includes his work as architect of the Jazz Composers' Guild in 1964; the formation of the Black Music Division ...

Album Review

Bill Dixon: Envoi

Read "Envoi" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Poco più di un anno fa, il 16 giugno 2010, moriva Bill Dixon. Circa un anno dopo la Victo ha edito questo CD che riporta l'ultimo concerto del maestro, registrato il 22 maggio 2010 (quindi meno di un mese prima della sua morte) al 26° Festival International de Musique Actuelle di Victoriaville. Oltre a trovarci di fronte ad un documento storico imperdibile, rimaniamo colpiti dall'elevata qualità creativa della musica, dalla sua densità e motivazione, dall'intreccio formicolante dell'interplay. Si tratta di ...

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In the Artist's Own Words

Bill Dixon: Excerpts from Vade Mecum

Read "Bill Dixon: Excerpts from Vade Mecum" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Introduction by AAJ Contributor Clifford Allen.

It is rare in the climate of this music to be presented with a view of an artist that is truly multifaceted, even though the collected works of most artists operate at a number of levels and, on occasion, in a number of media. Bill Dixon is probably best known as a trumpeter and composer; he is also a visual artist, professor (Bennington College, 1968-1996), and has created an expansive body of written material, ...

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Album Review

Bill Dixon: Tapestries for Small Orchestra

Read "Tapestries for Small Orchestra" reviewed by John Sharpe


Back in 2007 Firehouse 12 Records announced itself in an audacious declaration of intent with release of Anthony Braxton's 9 CD+DVD box set Nine Compositions 2006. Now in a move of similar ambition the label has gone someway to redressing the imbalance in composer/trumpeter Bill Dixon's recorded output, with this handsome two CD + DVD set which is undoubtedly one of the events of the year. It follows hot on the heels of two other important orchestral works in a ...


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