Bill Dixon’s Odyssey @ 20 

Source: burning ambulance.

In 2001, though, Dixon revealed what he’d been working on in the 1970s, and did so in epic fashion. Odyssey was a self-released box containing six CDs — five of music, and one of an interview — and two 32-page booklets. The first included interviews with Dixon, and essays on his work by Ben Young, Graham Lock, and others. The second reproduced some of his paintings (Dixon had been painting his own album covers for decades). The package also included a few reproductions of photos, and another small pamphlet. A thousand copies of the set were made, all signed; mine is #612. Twenty years after its release, and 11 years after his death on June 16, 2010, Odyssey remains a landmark in Bill Dixon‘s artistic journey, and in the history of what he referred to as “this music,” meaning post-bebop Black creative music. (He says in the interview portion of the box that he refuses to use the term “jazz,” so for the purposes of this essay, I won’t use it either.)