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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

Blended Lineage

Label: Red Piano Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Blended Lineage pt 1 Origins Blended Lineage pt 2 Motherland Blended Lineage pt 3 Trenches Blended Lineage pt 4 My Soul Swoons Slowly

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Ingrid Jensen in the Neighborhood

Read "Ingrid Jensen in the Neighborhood" reviewed by David Bixler

In this time of double pandemic trumpeter Ingrid Jensen looked around and did something for her community by providing nightly concerts in her front yard. In this episode of Liner Notes she talks about her response to these troubled times and how she is balancing family, music, and teaching. This episode features music ...

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One Lineup, Two Approaches

Read "One Lineup, Two Approaches" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

These two releases have the same instrumental lineup, a jazz quintet fronted by saxophone and trumpet plus a string quartet. They even use the same trumpet player, Michael Rodriguez. However the two CDs take this formation down different paths. Brian Landrus For Now Blueland 2020 Baritone ...

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Antonio Hart

Read "Antonio Hart" reviewed by David Bixler

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Gary Smulyan, Bebop in the Time of Coronavirus

Read "Gary Smulyan, Bebop in the Time of Coronavirus" reviewed by David Bixler

Baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan, known for his tenure with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, has released a new recording entitled Our Contrafacts (SteepleChase Records) with bassist David Wong and percussionist Rodney Green. This week Gary chats about his bout with the coronavirus and shares his thoughts on the pandemic that is re-shaping the world we know (or ...

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Savoy Almost Gave Me a Migraine & More!

Read "Savoy Almost Gave Me a Migraine & More!" reviewed by Marc Cohn

I promised to play more from that fabulous 1968 Houston Person release this week--so yeh, that's here (Soul Dance, Prestige 7621) with Boogaloo Joe Jones). It's criminally out-of-print, as is our Carmen McRae centennial feature (the classic As Time Goes By on JVC, issued for 'a minute' as an LP on Catalyst in the US many ...

In The Face Of Chaos

Label: Red Piano Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: In The Face Of Chaos; nofomomofo; Return; Hope; Deep Trust; Leap; Give Me Jesus.

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David Bixler: In The Face Of Chaos

Read "In The Face Of Chaos" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In The Face Of Chaos marks a re-emergence, if not a complete artistic rebirth, for David Bixler. It serves as a true inspiration, drawing beauty from pain, and peace from personal struggle. Life took an unexpected turn for the saxophonist's family when his youngest son suffered a traumatic brain injury a number of years ...


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