All About JAzz
by Dan Bilawsky June 14, 2019 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
In The Face Of Chaos marks a re-emergence, if not a complete artistic rebirth, for David Bixler. It serves as a true inspiration, drawing beauty from pain, and peace from personal struggle. Life took an unexpected turn for the saxophonist's family when his youngest son suffered a traumatic brain injury a number of years ago. With that, logically, came a need to re-evaluate priorities. So, Bixler took a step back and did what any loving parent would do; he focused on his family's needs, putting his creative pursuits on the back burner for much of the past decade. Now, having made a conscious decision to return to the fold, he arrives with a different perspective and a deeper sense of purpose. read more
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David DuPont June 11, 2019
“In the Face of Chaos” is jazz composer and saxophonist David Bixler’s first recording in five years. Issued on Friday on Red Piano Records, the session was a decade of turmoil in the making.
Bixler, director of Jazz Studies at Bowling Green State University, mentions the troubles that shaped the music in the recording’s liner notes. Sean, the youngest of his and Heather Martin Bixler’s four children, suffers from severe and baffling neurological problems. That, he writes, “necessitated a shift in my priorities for much of the last decade — a period in which my family devoted much of its energy to the circumstances and needs of the youngest member.”. read more
Jon Poses May 10, 2019
We all like to think we're good at what we do. However, I must confess I am as guilty as the next journalist when it comes to lack of follow-up on stories with ongoing and developing segments, rather revisiting topics that took place sometime in the past.
Recently, a public relations company sent a recording from saxophonist David Bixler. I knew the name, having interacted with him as director of a jazz program at Bowling Green State University in Ohio; our initial exchanges centered on Bixler's interest in having a particular musician serve as an artist-in-residence at the school. The initial contact was about a year ago. The residency did, in fact, take place months later. read more