....................................................(picture of Bill Dixon by Hans Kumpf)
The concert in the New England Repertory Theater comprised two sets separated by an intermission.
Dixon's trio with Pavone and Cook debuted at this engagement.
"I had to do this concert in Worcester for the radio station, and they wanted a trio. So on the spur of the moment, I called Laurence in Boston, asked him if he wanted to work in Worcester and if he could get Mario. It worked so well, that was it."
Dixon explains part of the high level of this music through Cook's and Pavone's attentiveness in this new situation. There was no rehearsal for the concert.
Dixon's minimal verbal instruction (as above), hand signals, figures implied in his playing, and eye contact often represented the only notation or instructions for pieces the group played. He occasionally wrote out parts for Pavone.
The trio concept stuck immediately and (in one form or another) became Dixon's the modus operandi for playing in and outside of Bennington for most of the next seven years.
"Every year during the existence of the Division, I would do 2 or 3 concerts. If I wanted to rehearse something, I would have Cook and Pavone come up on an honorarium. That kept the group together, and it let me work, but it wasn't just a selfish endeavor. I wanted students to see a working group. As an artist who happens to be a teacher, it was necessary for students to see me play 'seriously' (In fact, although they might not have thought of it that way, I was just as serious playing with them as I was with Mario and Laurence.) Sometimes I would have a workshop for students with the trio. Overall it worked very well."
Source: Dixonia: A Bio-Discography of Bill Dixon, compiled by Ben Young, Westport, Connecticut / London, 1998 (=Discographies, Number 77), p. 255.
BILL DIXON TRIO "WORCESTER,MA,NEW ENGLAND,USA (1981)"
Bill Dixon, trumpet
Mario Pavone, bass
Laurence Cook, drums
1. announcement by BD & (unknown titel) 16:36
2. (unknown titel) 19:20
3. (unknown titel) 11:26
4. (unknown titel) 06:50
5. (unknown titel) 08:58
Live at the New England Repertory Theater, Worcester, MA, New England - June 15, 1981.
"Dixonia" by Ben Young says:
Unknown ["Play your open 'E'..."] 14:18
Unknown [starts with BD unacc] 18:18
Unknown [starts with BD unacc] 10:47
Unknown ["...Latin..."] 6:22
Unknown [starts with BD unacc] 8:26