Monday, April 6, 2015

The October Revolution (1996)

1996, Evidence

1.  For Bill Dixon I
2.  The Death of Danny Love (Butch Morris)
3.  For Bill Dixon II

on For Bill Dixon:

Joe McPhee - tenor saxophone, flugelhorn
Borah Bergman - piano
Wilber Morris - bass
Rashied Ali - drums

on The Death of Danny Love:

Myra Melford - piano
Lindsey Horner - bass
Tom Rainey - drums

Recorded live 10/22/1994 at the Fez Room under Time Cafe, NYC


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  2. It's a pity no one recorded the original in '64, but it's nice to have a chance to hear the anniversary concert. thx!

    1. Tell me more about it, rev.b! What's the story behind all this? Anniversary? 1964?

    2. The October Revolution in Jazz is arguably the most seminal jazz concert series ever held. Organized by Bill Dixon in 1964, it was a comprehensive four-day survey of jazz's cutting edge, including Cecil Taylor, Jimmy Guiffre, Andrew Hill, Sheila Jordan, Steve Lacy, etc. ad infinitum. It gave birth to the Jazz Composers Guild, which paved the way for the Jazz Composers Orchestra Association, New Music Distribution Service, and a plethora of artist-produced recordings and concert series. It marked the beginning of the Golden Era of do-it-yourself jazz culture in the U.S. (Bill Shoemaker)

      For German readers:

      For English readers:

      Also here - pretty much the same:

    3. Bill Shoemaker's opinion hasn't reached my consciousness until your write-up. I cannot say much about this assertion and it seems not much has been made of it in other publications. I do not want to deny that it may have been one of THE main triggers of the Jazz Orchestra Guild and the JCOA, but... as it was not preserved in audible form, we have to take the word of those who participated.

      Unfortunately, Bill Dixon was marginalized to some degree by what turned out to be the major players/participants; he is undoubtedly one of the major inspirations and deserves way more recognition - posthumously.

      With all that being said, I am pretty sure that the reference made by rev.b was not as apparent and as widely known as some folks may believe.

      Thanks for the update, onxidlib. Seems there have been revivals (or better: recreations/re-imaginations) of lost concerts going on longer than I thought. Mantler's recreation of his "Communications" series being one of the latest efforts in those attempts.

    4. You know, the more I think about it, the more I tend to disagree with Mr. Shoemaker's stance and conclusion.

      Clearly, Bill Dixon was very instrumental in shaping the beginning of the JCG and JCO, but this is far from being the beginning of the do-it-yourself jazz culture.

      Just a few years prior, you had independent labels like Bethlehem and Candid, and you had the Newport Jazz Rebels, you had Mingus and Debut Records (Debut US that is) as early as 1952, and you had general discontent with the music business since loooong before that. Think about Minton's Playhose or even earlier all the musicians that operated outside of the mainstream. Hey, even Billie Holiday's famous "Strange Fruit" was recorded for a small independent label (on Commodore in 1939 if I am not mistaken). This desire to control what you create goes waaay back into pre-jazz times and extends to all spheres of creativeness.

      Oh well, I like to see things in perspective and I like to see things in historical context, but what Shoemaker is doing in his quote above is gross oversimplification.

    5. I agree with you Otto - especially that Schoemaker does a "...gross oversimplification".
      To be honest - I was too lazy to put it in my own words and haven't found a better the end there's not so much to say about the socalled "October Revolution in Jazz".
      It was an important event - but Bill Dixon's music (f.e. - he's a favourite of mine) IS a challenge - dark and brooding, so sweet ;-)

    6. I'm glad we're on the same page more or less. I feared I had put you off with my rather opinionated responses. Let's all hope that Bill Dixon's contributions will be explored and evaluated in more depth than our little discussion could ever do. And for me, I guess I need to read up on Dixon's career and accomplishments. Nay, I should listen to more Bill Dixon. Thanks, onxidlib!

  3. Might it be possible to repost this one? Hard to find + a great group. thanks!

  4. Can you please repost this? Thanks!

  5. New Link -

    The Ocotber Revolution {Rashid Ali, Joe McPhee, Borah Bergman, Myra Melford Trio}: