AUM046BILL DIXON...17 Musicians in Search of a Sound: Darfur. .Album Reviews.Reviews

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Prelude
Intrados
In Search of a Sound
Contour One
Contour Two
Scattering of the Following
Darfur
Contour Three (MP3 Excerpt)
Sinopia
Pentimento I
Pentimento II

Pentimento III

Pentimento IV

Compositions by Bill Dixon, Metamorphosis Music (BMI)

Bill Dixon: trumpet/composer
Graham Haynes: cornet/flugelhorn
Stephen Haynes: cornet/flugelhorn
Taylor Ho Bynum: cornet/flugelhorn
Dick Griffin: tenor trombone
Steve Swell: tenor trombone
Joseph Daley: tuba
Karen Borca: bassoon
Will Connell: bass clarinet
Michel Côté: Bb contrabass clarinet
Andrew Raffo Dewar: soprano saxophone
John Hagen: tenor & baritone saxophones
JD Parran: bass saxophone, bamboo flute
Andrew Lafkas: bass
Glynis Loman: cello
Jackson Krall: drums & percussion
Warren Smith: vibraphone, tympani & drums

Recorded live June 20, 2007 at Vision Festival XII by Stefan Heger
Mixed and mastered by Nick Lloyd on January 9 & 10, 2008
at Firehouse 12, New Haven, CT

Orchestra/Production Coordinator: Stephen Haynes

Produced by Bill Dixon

Cover: Visual art by Bill Dixon
Layout by Ming@409

Among all else of great note that shall happen in music this year, 2008 marks the magnificent return to record of the legendary Bill Dixon: composer, trumpeter, teacher and all-around musical force. His contributions to the body of great Black American Music first began in the 1960s: as a producer for Savoy Records; producing the groundbreaking October Revolution concert series in NYC 1964; as architect of the Jazz Composers Guild. In the late 60s he left ‘the scene’ but continued leaving an indelible mark on the music by devoting himself to teaching from 1968 onward, creating the Black Music Division at Bennington College, VT in 1973.

While he has never stopped composing (prolifically at that), and produced a series of small ensemble recordings from the 70s – 90s, his work for expanded, orchestral ensemble has gone unrecorded and/or unreleased since his momentous album Intents And Purposes (RCA, 1967). Bill Dixon with Exploding Star Orchestra, a well-received collaboration with Rob Mazurek (Exploding Star Orchestra) was released by Thrill Jockey in February.  And now, this album -- a tour de force of orchestral composition, conduction and improvisational exploration -- fully composed by Bill Dixon and performed with The Bill Dixon Orchestra. 17 Musicians in Search of a Sound: Darfur was specially commissioned by Arts for Art, Inc. (producers of the Vision Festival). It is one of three such commissions which made their concert debuts at Vision Festival XII in 2007.  Roy Campbell’s Akhenaten Suite was the first released (in March) and the next shall be William Parker’s orchestral work Double Sunrise Over Neptune (due in August). –SJ

This project is supported by the New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, and is released in cooperation with Arts for Art, Inc.


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