Monday, October 5, 2009

Happy Birthday Bill Dixon

The great trumpeter, composer and improvisational architect turns 84 today.

The fantastic thing is not only that he's still working, but that his approach to composing and to the instrument still evolves to this day, even as young players who have absorbed his influence are making waves as well (Nate Wooley, Taylor Ho Bynum).

Ben Young did an excellent "Artist Profiles" 5-hour set on WKCR FM yesterday in honor of Bill's birthday. It's too bad that the program is not archived, because there were some tremendous performances - many of which remain unreleased commercially - available for in-depth listening and analysis.

Tapestries for Small Orchestra, the latest Bill Dixon offering on Firehouse12, should be available for pre-order soon. Here's a preview...

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