Bill Dixon with Exploding Star Orchestra: Entrances/One
Bill Dixon (trumpet)
Bill Dixon with Exploding Star Orchestra (Thrill Jockey 192)
Josh Berman (cornet), Nicole Mitchell (flute), Matt Bauder (bass clarinet, tenor sax), Jeff Parker (guitar), Jim Baker (piano), Jason Adasiewicz (vibraphone, tubular bells), Matthew Lux (bass guitar), Jason Ajemian (double bass), Mike Reed (drums, timpani), John Herndon (drums, bells).
Composed by Bill Dixon.
Recorded: Chicago, 2007
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Rob Mazurek and his Exploding Star Orchestra team up with legendary Free Jazz trumpeter Bill Dixon to construct one long thrill ride of textures and tempos. Though there are segments that live up to the band's name – and in fact Dixon is a comet of emotion there – it's the quieter sections where Dixon and Mazurek shine. There's something almost prehistoric to the sound as the two men trade ideas while percussion and very low clarinet fill out the space below.
Reviewer: Mark Saleski