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Bill Dixon with Rob Mazurek’s Exploding Star Orchestra
Anti-Jazz: The New Thing Revisited
A crucial figure in the development of Free Jazz, trumpeter Bill Dixon (b. 1925) was first associated with the ensembles of Cecil Taylor and Archie Shepp, and was one of the main architects of the Jazz Composers Guild. In 1964, he organized the October Revolution in Jazz - The New Thing's equivalent to the Armory Show - introducing Free Jazz to a broader audience. In the late 60s he devoted himself to teaching, creating the Black Music Division at Bennington College, VT in 1973. Returning, albeit infrequently, to recording in 1980, Dixon has since collaborated with William Parker and Tony Oxley, among many others. For this very rare live appearance, Dixon performs with the Exploding Star Orchestra, led by Rob Mazurek, best know for his work with Isotope 217 and his Chicago Underground projects in addition to collaborations with Stereolab, Tortoise (members of which are featured in ESO) and Sam Prekop. Featuring some of the most distinctive voices in Chicago's post-rock and jazz communities, the ESO is known for their adventurous and kaleidoscopic performances.
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