Trumpeter and composer Bill Dixon is one of those rare figures in creative music who was both there as it took its initial steps and currently remains at the forefront of contemporary improvisation. In the last two years, he has directed or co-led orchestral configurations and recorded and performed with hand-picked small groups of international renown. The modern brass language and its expansion of vocal sounds into areas hitherto rarely occupied by any instrument certainly are reflected in Dixon's years of solo work and sculpting of sound.
Over the past couple years, AAJ Contributor Clifford Allen has spoken with Dixon about his music, his paintings and his legacy, creating the definitive profile of this highly creative but sadly undervalued artist.
Check out Bill Dixon: In Media Res at AAJ today!