McKinley Dixon on his wildly inventive album 'Beloved! Paradise! Jazz!?' : World Cafe : World Cafe Words and Music Podcast The Chicago-based musician talks about how everything from Toni Morrison to animation inspired his latest album.

McKinley Dixon on his wildly inventive album 'Beloved! Paradise! Jazz!?'

McKinley Dixon on World Cafe

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Set List

  • Beloved! Paradise! Jazz!?
  • Dedicated to Tar Feather
  • Live! From The Kitchen Table

McKinley Dixon has a wide range of influences, from classic literature and jazz to anime and hip hop.

The musician grew up in Maryland and came to prominence in Richmond, Virginia, but his latest album chronicles his move to Chicago, where he went looking for a blank canvas to generate ideas for Beloved! Paradise! Jazz!?.

It's a wildly inventive and sonically lush album that speaks about a need for longing. In this session, Dixon talks about why his sound can be difficult to pin down, his love of animation and how Toni Morrison is responsible not just for the title of his album but why she's the greatest rapper of all time.

This episode of World Cafe was produced and edited by Miguel Perez. Our senior producer is Kimberly Junod and our engineer is Chris Williams. Our programming and booking coordinator is Chelsea Johnson and our line producer is Will Loftus.

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