Monday, July 13, 2009

Dixonia


Image copyright Mark Mahaney, courtesy of the Wire.

I know some people out there have heard me talk about a long-unpublished Bill Dixon article, one that was slated for Signal To Noise but for various reasons, did not get published. I won't go into those here, because there isn't much point and I still am part of that magazine's community.

Anyway, the lowdown is this: it will be running on All About Jazz by the end of the summer. They are very excited to publish it, especially because it will give, I think, readers & those both familiar and unfamiliar with Dixon's music a lot to chew on. Unlike most articles on him, this one will include some images taken from Mr. Dixon's broad range of visual work - paintings, lithographs, and photographs. Dixon will also contribute a short article on a subject of his choosing to go along with the main piece.

So in advance of the September release of a 2CD & 1DVD set on Firehouse12, this will be a pretty neat article. I'm glad to finally get it published, because it's been in the vault for over a year, and it concerns one of the most interesting artists on the planet.

And for those of you still on the fence about Dixon's 2007 collaboration with the Exploding Star Orchestra, they will be performing next month at Lisbon's Jazz Em Agosto. If you can't make it to Lisbon, the CD is available here and it is very, very fine. Happy listening, and I hope to hear from you once the Dixon piece runs.

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