Complete Remastered Recordings On Black Saint & Soul Note

The Complete Remastered Recordings On Black Saint & Soul Note

by Bill Dixon
     
 
Bill Dixon's Complete Remastered Recordings on Black Saint and Soul Note is an enormous nine-disc affair. It showcases a very productive and important period for the trumpeter, composer, and bandleader, and offers a fine portrait of his highly individual contribution to avant-garde jazz between the years 1980 and 1998. While it's true that three offerings here,

Overview

Bill Dixon's Complete Remastered Recordings on Black Saint and Soul Note is an enormous nine-disc affair. It showcases a very productive and important period for the trumpeter, composer, and bandleader, and offers a fine portrait of his highly individual contribution to avant-garde jazz between the years 1980 and 1998. While it's true that three offerings here, In Italy, Vol. 1, Vade Mecum, and Papyrus could be considered double albums (example: In Italy, Vol. 2 contains the same players and was recorded during the same sessions as volume one, and the same is true respectively for the other two titles mentioned) disregarding them for music that was left off the initial volumes as inferior or merely as outtakes is a mistake. What the companion volumes underscore is just how deep Dixon's well was; it fleshes out the ideas on the initial volumes. The single album titles here are November 1981, Thoughts, and Sons of Sisyphus. One need only gauge the level of the players on these sides to judge their importance: some include -- but are not limited to -- Alan Silva, Freddie Waits, Mario Pavone, Barry Guy, Tony Oxley, and William Parker. Particular favorites in the set are November 1981, with Pavone, Laurence Cook, and Silva; Vade Mecum, with Guy, Parker, and Oxley, and Papyrus, a duet session with Oxley, where the smallest details, nuances, and notions of space in Dixon's compositional and improvisational languages reveal themselves readily. For anyone who has any of the original LPs or CDs and is questioning whether the investment is worth it, the answer is a resounding "yes." The remastering quality is very high, making (nearly) crystalline the sonic details blurred by the original releases. In the case of compact discs, the thin, brittle sound that marred earlier CDs on Soul Note and Black Saint is much fuller, warmer, and rounder here. Price-wise, there is a very wide range: real bargains can be had by anyone willing to put in a little work on the internet. While many of the sets in this series are wonderful, Dixon's is truly special.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/13/2011
Label:
Black Saint
UPC:
8024709115621
catalogNumber:
1009
Rank:
106564

Related Subjects

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Summer Song One: Morning
  2. Firenze
  3. Summer Song Two: Evening
  4. For Cecil Taylor: Almost Anacrusis/Conversation/New Slow Dance

Disc 2

  1. Sketch/Firenze
  2. Summer Song Two: Evening
  3. Summer Song Three: Aurorea/ Daybreak
  4. Summer Song Three: Aurorea/Dusk
  5. Dance Piece: Places/For Jack & Barbara/Autumn Sequences from a Paris Di

Disc 3

  1. Webern
  2. Windswept Winterset
  3. Velvet
  4. Llaattiinnoo Suite
  5. November 1981
  6. Penthesilea
  7. The Second Son
  8. The Sirens
  9. Another Quiet Feeling

Disc 4

  1. Thoughts
  2. Windows
  3. For Nelson & Winnie (A Suite in Four Parts): Time I/Essence C/Transfigu
  4. A Song For Claudia's Children
  5. Brothers
  6. Points

Disc 5

  1. Silences For Jack Moore
  2. Vecctor
  3. Son of Sisyphus
  4. Schema Vi-88
  5. Fusama Codex
  6. Mandala Per Mandela
  7. Sumi-E
  8. Negoro Codex
  9. Molti Molti Anni Fa...

Disc 6

  1. Moment
  2. Anamorphosis
  3. Viale Nino Bixio 20
  4. Pellucity
  5. Vade Mecum
  6. Twice Upon a Time
  7. Acanthus

Disc 7

  1. Valentina Di Sera
  2. Tableau
  3. Ebonite
  4. Reflections
  5. Incunabula
  6. Octette #1

Disc 8

  1. Essay Di Larry Neal
  2. Papyrus
  3. The Statesman
  4. Indirizzo: Via Cimarosa Sei
  5. Scribbles
  6. Ritratto Di Allen Polite
  7. Cinnamon
  8. Quadro Di Henry Dumas
  9. Palimpsest
  10. Steps
  11. Sine Qua Non #1
  12. Quadro Di N.H. Pritchard

Disc 9

  1. Silver Point: Jeanne Phillips
  2. Papyrus #2
  3. Pyxis
  4. Squares
  5. Epigraphy
  6. Sine Qua Non #2
  7. Couplet
  8. Four: VI: 1998
  9. Crawlspace
  10. Suri-Mono: Louise Wade

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Dixon   Primary Artist,Piano,Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Tony Oxley   Percussion,Drums,Ambience
Barry Guy   Double Bass
Peter Kowald   Double Bass
Mario Pavone   Double Bass,Contrabass (Vocal)
Alan Silva   Double Bass,Contrabass (Vocal)
William Parker   Double Bass
Arthur Brooks   Trumpet
John Buckingham   Tuba
Laurence Cook   Drums
Stephen Horenstein   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Waits   Drums
Stephen Hathes   Trumpet
Marco Eneldi   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Bill Dixon   Composer,Producer,Paintings,Cover Painting,Cover Photo,Back Cover Photo
Tony Oxley   Composer
Giancarlo Barigozzi   Engineer
Giovanni Bonandrini   Producer,Executive Producer
Gennaro Carone   Engineer
Ron Kurz   Engineer
Paolo Falascone   Engineer
Art Lange   Liner Notes
Luigi Zanon   Back Cover Photo
Aldo Borrelli   Engineer
Maria Bonandrini   Cover Art
Renzo Chiesa   Back Cover Photo
Steve Schwarz   Engineer
Vittorio Sacco   Cover Photo
Peter Euberger   Engineer

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >