17 Musicians in Search of a Sound: Darfur

17 Musicians in Search of a Sound: Darfur is a live album by American jazz trumpeter Bill Dixon. The project, a tour de force of orchestral composition, conduction and improvisational exploration, was specially commissioned by Arts for Art, recorded at the 2007 Vision Festival and released on AUM Fidelity.[1]

17 Musicians in Search of a Sound: Darfur
Live album by
RecordedJune 20, 2007
VenueAngel Orensanz Center, New York City
LabelAUM Fidelity
ProducerBill Dixon
Bill Dixon chronology
Bill Dixon with Exploding Star Orchestra
17 Musicians in Search of a Sound: Darfur
Tapestries for Small Orchestra


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In his review for AllMusic, Michael G. Nastos states "This is a project of austere emotion, clever counterpoint, and searing reality in dedication to a condition in the so-called civilized world that should never, ever be."[2] The Pitchfork review by Joe Tangari claims "Dixon has created an outstanding work of modern jazz and political commentary."[3]

Track listing

All compositions by Bill Dixon
  1. "Prelude" - 3:07
  2. "Intrados" - 3:58
  3. "In Search of a Sound" - 4:15
  4. "Contour One" - 1:43
  5. "Contour Two" - 0:10
  6. "Scattering of the Following" - 7:00
  7. "Darfur" - 5:27
  8. "Contour Three" - 3:14
  9. "Sinopia" - 23:37
  10. "Pentimento I" - 0:43
  11. "Pentimento II" - 0:17
  12. "Pentimento III" - 0:22
  13. "Pentimento IV" - 2:41



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