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Envoi

Artist: Bill Dixon
Bill Dixon - Envoi CD
Label: Victo
Regular Price: $18.95
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Year: 2011
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Bill Dixon was one of the most creative, influential and distinguished of musicians, composers, bandleaders and teachers to emerge from the sixties progressive jazz scene. After a handful of important records in the late sixties, Mr. Dixon continued to compose, and began teaching from the seventies onwards but recorded rarely.  For the past decade Mr. Dixon had garnered more recognition, playing at the Vision Festival on several occasions and releasing a handful of important discs.

Dixon's triple disc set on Firehouse 12 from a few years back was the culmination of many years work with a worthy all-star ensemble. So, when Bill Dixon slowly walked on stage at last years' Victoriaville Festival (in May of 2010), we waited with heavy expectation especially since word was that Mr. Dixon was in bad health. In fact, Mr. Dixon did sadly pass away within a month of when this concert was recorded. Mr. Dixon's amazing all-star ensemble had the same members as on the triple disc set and he had a written another great work for them and us.

Besides Mr. Dixon, whose solo was pre-recorded, the piece "Envoi" Section I & II featured four other great brassmen, each on cornet &/or flugelhorn: Stephen Haynes, Taylor Ho Bynum, Rob Mazurek & Graham Haynes. Each one unique and a leader on their own. Each cornetist got a chance to solo while the rest of the ensemble played intricate parts underneath. The rest of the ensemble featured Glynis Loman on cello, Michel Côté on contrabass clarinet, Ken Filiano on contrabass and Warren Smith on vibes, percussion & drums.

This piece was composed and directed by Mr. Dixon and it is quite extraordinary. The piece unfolds slowly with orchestral harmonies for the brass, eerie contrabass clarinet, simmering cello & acoustic bass and selective percussion. "Envoi" is Bill Dixon's final masterwork and a most fitting conclusion to lifelong career of various musical heights. - Bruce Gallanter, DMG
ARTISTS
Bill Dixon (trumpet); Stephen Haynes, Taylor Ho Bynum, Rob Mazurek, Graham Haynes (cornet, flugelhorn); Glynis Loman (cello); Michel Cote (contrabass clarinet); Ken Filiano (contrabass); Warren Smith (vibes, percussion, drums)
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