In the Dark
Label Comments from NAPRA TRADE Journal 1993. 'The magical photo of San Francisco cityscape at night captures the warmth and glow of Doll's piano playing. His improvisations are smooth and carefully tended, the sweet notes plucked as a peach just ripe for the picking. Doll's melodic path of romance is not rash and willful; in his key changes he seems to be savoring the opportunities to take the hearts true direction. FROM Heartsong Review Spring 1993 IN THE DARK These original piano solos, all written and performed in an understated, elegant style by Dixon, are a peferct choice for times of inward seeking or unwinding. Sharing the same producer as George Winston, the style is decidely similar, quiet and sparse. Sunday Morning has a sweetness and innoncence to the lazy ambling melody. The existential piano player explores the deeper, more pensive spaces, with resonant soft chords, and a repetitive theme, sometimes swelling into a more swirling fast mode. In the Dark begins with a few ultra slow notes, like cautious footsteps, and develops into a relaxed flowing stream of notes, with occasional hesitations that continue the image of an animal moving in the night. Graduating rings with optimism, and also with quiet contemplative moments, like someone leaving an old life and stepping into a new phase, unsure but excited. Weddings is subdued and lovely, with melody building and ebbing. About the Artist Inspired to play piano solo music after attending a George Winston conert in Washington, DC, Dixon set out to record his own unique piano style which illustrate life experiences such as leaving home and graduating from college. Doll's compositions range from quiet and slow tempoed to upbeat works. Dixon privately recorded his first piano solo album in 1992, titled 'IN THE DARK' after meeting George 1992, titled 'IN THE DARK' after meeting George Winston's producer. Howard Johnston co-produced both 'IN THE DARK' and Doll's second release, 'INDEPENDENCE WAY'. Doll's 3rd album will be out in the Fall of 2004.