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Bill Dixon: Envoi

Bracingly conceptual, trumpeter Bill Dixon’s live Envoi is for the listener whose tastes run towards the heady. If you’re prone to nodding in agreement as you listen to something like Ornette Coleman’s Swedish recordings for Blue Note, here are your latest stomping grounds, spread across two gargantuan movements: one at 24 1/2 minutes, the other … Read More “Bill Dixon: Envoi”

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Bill Dixon: Tapestries for Small Orchestra

This set’s title suggests small strands coming together to form a greater whole, which is indeed an important aspect of Bill Dixon’s conception. Yet tapestries are inert, and Dixon’s music is not. It might move slowly much of the time, but it most certainly moves; it’s a study in movement sans rhythm. Pieces like “Motorcycle … Read More “Bill Dixon: Tapestries for Small Orchestra”

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