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Bill Dixon with Tony Oxley: Papyrus Volume 1

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In the album notes to Papyrus Volume 1, drummer Tony Oxley is given credit for “background sound ambience” while trumpeter Bill Dixon is responsible for “linear configuration.” Despite its accuracy, in no way does this oversimplified abstraction convey the richness, complexity or interactivity of these beautiful performances. Both Dixon and Oxley-who first met and worked together on the trumpeter’s brilliant 1994 album, Vade Mecum-have spent their illustrious careers dramatically expanding the possibilities of their given instruments, and here they go well beyond melody and rhythm to virtually sculpt with sound.

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