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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


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Geoffrey Keezer: On His Way to You

Read "Geoffrey Keezer: On His Way to You" reviewed by David Bixler

As an 18 year-old, pianist Geoffrey Keezer wowed audiences as a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers with his prodigious technique and improvisations. Describing his own playing, Keezer says that his natural tendency is to “throw in everything but the kitchen sink... all the time." In this episode of LINER NOTES, Keezer talks about his development ...


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Bob Hurst: Detroit In The House!

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Bassist and composer Robert Hurst made an early mark on the jazz community as a member of Wynton Marsalis' band and later gained notoriety as a member of the Tonight Show band led by Branford Marsalis. In addition to his performance career the jny: Detroit native has been on the faculty at the University of Michigan ...


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Ryan Keberle & Dave Douglas: Music from the Times

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David Bixler: Inside the Grief

Read "Inside the Grief" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Following his 2019 nonet offering, Blended Lineage (Red Piano), alto-saxophonist David Bixler, no stranger to the stress and strains of our collectively jagged, irregular days, sets out heroically to make sense of it all on Inside the Grief. And make sense of it all he does with six probing, conversational originals that manage to restore some ...


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Sheryl Bailey: Shifting Gears

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Guitarist and educator Sheryl Bailey recently moved from New York to Boston to become the assistant chair of the guitar department at The Berklee College of Music. In this episode of Liner Notes Sheryl talks about the challenges of moving to a new city while overseeing the education of nine hundred guitarists in the time of ...


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Gregg August: How To Have That Difficult Conversation

Read "Gregg August: How To Have That Difficult Conversation" reviewed by David Bixler

Composer and Bassist Gregg August's Dialogues on Race was composed 10 years ago and was inspired by the election of Barack Obama combined with his discovery of the compelling story of Emmett Till. Now, a decade later a decision to step beyond the safety of the music was motivation to record it with the intention of ...


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Frank Kimbrough: Disappearing in the music

Read "Frank Kimbrough: Disappearing in the music" reviewed by David Bixler

I was saddened to hear about the loss of Frank Kimbrough. I had the privilege of speaking with him in March of 2019 for LINER NOTES. I am sharing this episode from June of that year. A deep musician, he says at one point in the interview, that as opposed to striving for stardom, he just ...


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


Inside the Grief

Label: Bixxlixx Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: What Does if Care?/I Spy Like Shosti 389 Inside the Grief Balm Vote!


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