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David Bixler


Alto saxophonist and composer David Bixler has recently embarked on an artistic reemergence with the release of two new recordings; In the Face of Chaos (2019) with Bixler, Boccato, Cowherd, and Sturm, and Blended Lineage (2020) with the Bixtet. A traumatic brain injury suffered by his youngest son necessitated a shift in Bixler’s priorities during the last decade—a period in which his family devoted much of its energy to the care of its youngest member. Because of this new lens, Bixler’s creative approach to composition, performance, and recording is repurposed and evident in his most recent output. For the recording In the Face of Chaos, Bixler has assembled a band that understands the message of resilience and hope despite the odds that this music was intended to convey


Make it Bloom

Label: Self released
Released: 2022
Track listing: Elf; Shmama (Piano); Whatever Sticks; Before and After; Just a Dream; Shmama (Clarinet); Everything's Easier; Emerge; Before You Know It; Shmama (Guitar); Undone; Shmama (Alto); Yalla Stella


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Abraham Burton-Swingin' with Gratitude in Central Park

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Season five begins with saxophonist Abraham Burton. During the pandemic, photographer and engineer Jimmy Katz produced an informal concert series at the sight of the historically significant Seneca Village in Central Park. One of the concerts that Katz recorded was a trio performance featuring Burton, drummer Eric McPherson, and bassist Dezron Douglas. This energetic performance is ...


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Todd Williams introduces his Quartet Trio

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Saxophonist Todd Williams has a new trio with bassist Yuma Takagi and drummer Robert Rucker he has named the Quartet Trio. I spoke with Todd before he presented the music from their new recording Introducing the Quartet Trio at Smalls Jazz Club in New York City. This episode feature music from Todd Williams' Introducing ...

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Freddie Bryant's Upper Westside Love Story

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In this episode of LINER NOTES I speak with guitarist, composer, and now lyricist Freddie Bryant about his song cycle Upper Westside Love Story. With the help of vocalist Carla Cook and soloists Regina Carter, Steve Wilson, and Donny McCaslin, Freddie pays homage to his New York City childhood neighborhood and takes the listener on a ...


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Kit Downes personal Brexit

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Lou Marini Speaks His Mind

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Multi-instrumentalist Lou Marini has been visible in American popular music for decades. Woody Herman, Blood Sweat Tears, SNL, The Blues Brothers, and James Taylor are just a few of the iconic names that grace his resume. Throughout his time with these high-profile groups, Lou remains an artist dedicated to his craft. When his touring schedule was ...


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Fred Hersch: Breath by Breath

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Fred Hersch's new recording Breath by Breath on Palmetto Records features his trio with bassist Drew Gress and drummer Jochen Rueckert along with the Crosby Street String Quartet. In this episode of Liner Notes Fred talks about the meditation practice that inspired this eclectic music that was created as he was sequestered in Northeastern Pennsylvania during ...


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Craig Taborn: Playing in the Shadows

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Pianist Craig Taborn's new recording Shadow Plays was recorded in 2020 in Vienna while on a solo piano tour in Europe just as the pandemic was blowing up. In this episode of LINER NOTES Craig reflects on the process of improvisation as well as recounting the uncertainty that surrounded getting back home and his transition to ...


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Happy Holidays from the Jeff Hamilton trio

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