Since February, Bill Dixon has released two new albums, Bill Dixon With Exploding Star Orchestra and his latest, 17 Musicians in Search of a Sound: Darfur. This would be an accomplishment for any musician, but it’s especially impressive coming from this octogenarian trumpeter, whose career dates back to the early days of free-jazz. A search for “Bill Dixon” on Amazon yields a mere 35 hits, and only about half of those are germane. No one could accuse Dixon of being prolific, which is why it’s so clear that he’s got something to say in 2008, and apparently needs a lot of musicians to say it.
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