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Bill Dixon with Exploding Star Orchestra: Bill Dixon with Exploding Star Orchestra

Trumpeter Bill Dixon has recorded infrequently since his efforts in the 1960s to triumph free-jazz, or the “new thing,” in New York through performances and the Jazz Composers Guild. (His playing on Cecil Taylor’s Conquistador is a most enduring document.) A teacher at Bennington College until 1996, he met Chicago cornetist Rob Mazurek two years ago, after which both began discussing collaboration. Exploding Star Orchestra, the 13-piece group of Chicago players assembled by Mazurek, welcomes Dixon into their fold to play two of his pieces, which bookend a lengthier one by Mazurek.

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