Rev. Dwight Frizzell

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Multi-talented jazz/experimental artist Dwight Frizzell is probably the only person in history to have interviewed freeform jazz legend Sun Ra over a ten-year period and played with former U.S. president…
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Multi-talented jazz/experimental artist Dwight Frizzell is probably the only person in history to have interviewed freeform jazz legend Sun Ra over a ten-year period and played with former U.S. president Harry S. Truman (an ancient snippet of Truman playing piano is heard on Frizell's 2001 release, Bullfrog Devildog President). Frizzell grew up in Independence, MO, just a few blocks from the home of Truman and, in 1976, issued the obscure recording Beyond the Black Crack, an album based on the "time-shifting effects of black holes." Although the album was mostly sold to friends and family to finance its limited pressing, the album would eventually be listed by future experimental outfits as Nurse With Wound and Morphogenesis (and later surface on CD). By 1980, Frizzell had befriended Sun Ra, conducting interviews over ten years, with portions of their conversations later appearing in John Szwed's book Space is the Place: the Lives and Times of Sun Ra. Soonafter, Frizzell formed the Black Crack Revue, a self-described "Afro-nuclear wave funk swing reggae Turska band," which Frizzell has performed with on a regular basis ever since. Frizzell also does experimental audio/theater work, utilizing graphic notation from both physical and biological phenomena, archaic folk sources, texts, and ambient recordings. In addition to his music and theater work, Frizzell is member of the board of directors for the New Ear Contemporary Chamber Ensemble.