While Don Dixon is best-known for co-producing college-pop landmarks by the likes of R.E.M., hes always had a streak of music-nerd hep jazz cat (as evidence by one of his live-set stapes, a funky version of the 1956 Little Willie John standard Fever). That tendency takes center-stage on Dixons new album, High & Filthy & Borderline (Lava Head Music), which sounds straight out of the conservatory with horn flourishes and slyly theatrical tunes like Felon Girlfriend.
Maybe Dixon will bring along his trombone when he plays Wednesday at the Casbah in Durham. Lynn Blakey from Tres Chicas opens the show at 8 p.m. with her fiddler husband, Ecki Heins, and cover is just $5. See casbahdurham.com for details.