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Intents & Purposes [Limited Edition, Import]

Bill Dixon Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (19 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Import
  • Label: Int'l Phonograph Inc
  • ASIN: B004IOP4VE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,833 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Metamorphosis 1962-1966 (13:20)
2. Nightfall Pieces I (3:47)
3. Voices (12:08)
4. Nightfall Pieces II (2:25)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lost Jewel! 26 Aug 2011
Format:Audio CD
This album was in danger to be lost forever: it was edited by RCA in 1967, but Bill Dixon was too avant-garde for that label, so RCA didn't want re-edited it in CD. Fortunately we have International Phonograph, Inc., a label created by Jonathan Horwich (producer, engineer, radio-man...) which begins its catalogue with this "Intents & Purposes".

The music is very advanced for that year: atonality and freedom are mixed with a symphonic touch taken from avant-garde classical composers. Sometimes furious, sometimes very quiet, the four compositions (two largue suites, and two little pieces) are so immense as the ocean, even although the album last only 30 minutes.

But the best is the retreatment from Horwich: he has worked in this reissue for years, he has restored the sound from the original master tapes, but keeping their integrity. Besides, he has packaged everything in a true fashion mini-lp replica "made in Japan".

Definetively this work deserved this re-edition. Don't hesitate, buy it!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Dixon Intents and Purposes 1 July 2011
By JLH - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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Artist: The Bill Dixon Orchestra

Album: Intents and Purposes

Label: RCA/Dynagroove

Review date: Jun. 21, 2011

The Bill Dixon Orchestra - "Metamorphoses 1962-1966" (Intents & Purposes)

One of the jazz world's most eagerly awaited reissues in years, it's a shame Bill Dixon's early masterpiece Intents and Purposes comes after the trumpeter/composer's passing. Composed in the mid-1960s directly following the shot across the bow that was Dixon's famed concert series "October Revolution in Jazz," the four tracks on this compact recording are fascinating even now and no mere period pieces.

And what music! The early minutes of "Metamorphosis 1962-66" are stunning, with huge cloud chords both anxious and serene, containing not just emotional but musical opposites in a way that gives the lie to genre pigeon-holing and so forth. Indeed, the piece's lively contrapuntalism sounds closer to Toru Takemitsu or Harrison Birtwistle to my ears than to Gil Evans, or other large ensemble arrangers to whom Dixon might have been compared at the time. Dixon amassed a fascinating instrumentation to realize these two lengthy pieces (and two fragments which find him in duet with flautist George Marge): bass trombone, alto saxes, English horn, cello and more.

The sonorities and timbres are lush, mysterious and gripping from the start, but for all the detail of the ensemble work, there are riveting improvisational passages. Dixon sounds phenomenal (of course), so bright and fulsome and slashing as he pirouettes in relation to the gorgeous chords moving in and out of the foreground. The expert use of space here is so advanced for the mid-1960s, no mere shouting and blowing but a total musical context that gives great power to reedists Byard Lancaster's or Robin Kenyatta's solos. There were moments where some of the more unpredictable chord changes and brief flashes of genre seem not so much Ivesian (though I'm sure that influence was well known to Dixon at this point) as a pre-echo of Henry Threadgill's sextet (and speaking of pre-echoes, drummer Robert Frank Pozar's rattling, blocky style seemed to foreshadow Dixon's later association with Tony Oxley). And toward the rumbling conclusion of "Metamorphosis," those incredible breathy, brassy chirrups and skyborne shapes knock me out -- even though Dixon didn't really begin to refine this language until his 1970s solo work, it sounds startling here in the context of these gorgeous arrangements.

"Voices" is altogether darker in mood and texture, even with a slightly smaller ensemble. Dixon groups the basses and cello for an ominous effect that occasionally sounds like low brass as much as quavering anxious strings (Lancaster's bass clarinet is key here, too). This piece is quite different than "Metamorphosis," taking shape through lines suspended over massed sections. Crucial here is Catherine Norris's cello, whose stately calm centers the antics of the surrounding bass clarinet, trumpet and cymbals.

The reprinted original liners refer to Dixon, somewhat perplexedly, as "a multi-talented man," as if it was some kind of surprise to find an African-American improviser composing such rich new music. Alas, while too little seems to have changed in terms of what Anthony Braxton would call the "reception dynamics" attending such music (a.k.a. "Where is dee jazz?"), at least Intents and Purposes itself has received a proper reissue. It's hard to imagine a more essential reissue appearing this year.

By Jason Bivins
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Dixon's singular masterpiece 7 Jun 2011
By Troy Collins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"Intents And Purposes" has long been revered as Bill Dixon's singular masterpiece. Out of print for years, the late trumpet innovator's magnum opus has been lovingly remastered and reissued on CD, by International Phonograph Inc., in a deluxe mini-LP styled package that replicates the original 1967 issue, providing an important opportunity to reevaluate this seminal work.

Since his decisive involvement in 1964's October Revolution in Jazz and lengthy tenure at Bennington College in Vermont (1968-1995), Dixon has been renowned for his skills as an organizer and an educator rather than his pioneering advancements as an instrumentalist and composer. As a former student of painting as well as music, Dixon's conceptual organization of sound relies heavily on color, shade and texture, with a keen sensitivity to dynamics--aspects that quickly placed him at the creative forefront of the 1960s New Thing. Originally recorded for RCA when he was 42, "Intents And Purposes" was Dixon's third album as a leader, following two efforts for Savoy in 1962 and 1964 that were co-led by tenor saxophonist Archie Shepp.

Though the epic opener "Metamorphosis 1962-1966" rallies around massed sonorities and dramatic dissonances, the lush unison lines and rich counterpoint that underpin the brooding five part suite exude a regal sensibility far removed from the impulsive free jazz of the time. Clocking in at just over thirteen minutes, the rousing episodes that punctuate the work's orchestral narrative feature a range of expressive detours, including the leader's raspy brass intonations, Byard Lancaster and Robin Kenyatta's soulfully acerbic alto excursions, and a stirring drum and percussion duet.

"Voices" pushes the aesthetic envelope even further, forming a startling alliance between austere classicism and the primal immediacy of ritualized rhythm. Performed by a string-heavy quintet, the lengthy piece features Dixon's melancholy horn refrains and Lancaster's otherworldly bass clarinet drifting over haunting string glissandi that eventually trade the sinuous sustain of legato melodies for the polyrhythmic power of tribal drumming. Two sublime variations of "Nightfall Pieces" serve as ethereal interludes between the date's long-form works--neo-classical vignettes that frame Dixon's breathy meditations against George Marge's diaphanous flute ruminations.

The reissue of "Intents And Purposes" allows the record to finally take its rightful place alongside such masterpieces as Ornette Coleman's "Free Jazz" (Columbia, 1960), John Coltrane's "Ascension" (Impulse!, 1965) and Miles Davis' "Bitches Brew" (Columbia, 1970). An expansive collection of forward-thinking compositions, this historically important session reveals the then burgeoning New Thing's potential for more than just exhortative expressionism, helping establish the foundation of what visionary multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk referred to as "Black Classical Music."

This review was originally published on allaboutjazz.com on April 14, 2011.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF DIXON'S MASTERPIECES 12 Dec 2011
By Stuart Jefferson - Published on Amazon.com
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I know this set has been reviewed already, but the fact that this album has been re-released, with beautiful sound, a beautifully made gate-fold cover (with the original album notes), and that it's a "limited edition"-should be shouted from the rooftops-or whatever has now replaced that manner (the internet?) of communication. This is not only beautiful jazz, but beautiful music-in any genre.

Dixon's music is full of the stuff of life. It's like peering down into deep water-you can only see so far-but you know there's more past that. At times the music is pensive and thoughtful, others, like a runaway train-the sound piercing through the relative quiet like a single beam of bright light cutting through the darkness, as the train roars past.

If your taste runs toward thoughtful intelligent, emotional music-not just "jazz"-this is something worth considering. Buy it while you can. As when it was originally released in 1967, this edition too, will disappear.

Also well worth hearing is Dixon's box set of nine albums, released (under his name) on the Black Saint/Soul Note label. This set too will become hard to find/expensive. If Dixon's music does something for you, don't wait to purchase this set.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars jazzman 30 July 2011
By James K. Stewart - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Art of the highest order. I had heard about this legendary recording for years, but had
never been able to obtain a copy of the vinyl edition, or even hear it. Now, it's available
in this gorgeous sounding cd and beautifully packaged to duplicate exactly what the ori-
ginal RCA gatefold cover looked like when it was released back in 1967. Recorded when
Dixon was 41 years old, it consists of four brilliant pieces all composed by Dixon with the
trumpeter/leader and a small orchestra of horns, reeds, wind, cello, bass, drums, and per-
cussion. Two of the short pieces feature only Dixon and flute in very intimate, haunting
performances (one of which, "Nightfall Pieces 1", Dixon overdubbs with flugelhorn). The
other two longer compositions, "Metamorphosis" and "Voices", fully explore the nuances
and depth of the orchestra's capability, and are brilliantly interpreted in extended form.
What absolutely astounds me about these performances is not only the depth of the
composing, but also the CLARITY of the sound, and the FABULOUS recording quality. It
is so clear, you could be right there with them. Absolutely brilliant. A magnificent record-
ing now finally available on cd. Sadly, the late trumpeter/composer recently left us, but
"Intents And Purposes" will live on forever as a milestone of what real music can achieve.
I wasn't too familiar with Dixon, but have read that he spent the last 37 years of his life
working and living in New England - a great loss for us all. Kudos to all involved in bring-
ing this long, lost work of art back in circulation (particularly producer Jonathan Horwich).
This one's going in that SPECIAL section of my collection near the Mosaic "Complete Ari-
sta Recordings of Anthony Braxton" box set.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD 20 Nov 2011
By Jazzfan101 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I was pleasantly surprised to find Bill Dixon Music on Amazon. This CD is one of the best I have heard. The packaging is a mini version of the original Album. I have played this over and over.
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