After reading about Bill Dixon in Wire and then seeing his CD 17 Musicians in Search of a Sound: Darfur on display at Amoeba, I'm now listening to it. Given the title, I half expected this music to be sombre or even dismal. Instead, it was mostly subdued and interesting.
The composer on the the intent of the title:
There is no 'political message', overt or otherwise, with regards to this piece of music. On the other hand, if in listening to the music and viewing the cover painting, thoughts on the situation in Darfur are raised and brought to the listener's attention and/or consciousness, the point that I would have liked to have made, without being procedurally political, would have been achieved.
The ensemble sound is chaotic and feels like it is going to unravel but never does. It's also a live recording and the applause detracts from the effect.