- Released: March 21, 2000
- Label: Justin Time Records
JazzTimes - 12/00, pp.135-6
"...A delightful showcase for Bang....it's evident what a cohesive ensemble with clearly defined roles can do..."
- 1.Contrary Motion
- 2.At Play in the Fields of the Lord
- 3.Big Bang Theory
- 4.Theme For Tarbaby
- 5.Silent Observation
- 6.One For Jazz (For Dennis Charles)
- 7.Sweet Irene
- 8.Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
- 9.Saved by the Bell
- 10.Little Sunflower
Personnel: Billy Bang (violin); Alexis Pope (piano); Curtis Lundy (bass); Cody Moffatt (drums).
Recorded at Sound On Sound Studios, New York, New York on August 20 and 21, 1999. Includes liner notes by Jim Little.
Liner Note Author: Jim Little .
Recording information: Sound On Sound Studios In New Y (08/20/1999-08/21/1999).
Editor: Ian Terry.
Photographer: Fernando M. Natalici.
Billy Bang long ago earned his reputation as an engaging leader and violin soloist in avant-garde circles. Luckily that has not stifled his abilities and ambition to play in more straight-ahead settings as he does on Big Bang Theory. Bang's assembled drummer Codaryl Moffett, pianist Alexis Pope, and bassist Curtis Lundy -- musicians easily capable of improvisation while maintaining a cohesive balance. Bang scored five originals including "At Play in the Fields of the Lord" providing Pope and Lundy ample solo space to shine and "One For Jazz," a tribute to drummer Dennis Charles that starts with voice and drum and hauntingly falls into full quartet momentum. The inclusion of Freddie Hubbard's exuberant composition "Little Sunflower and a joyous funky version of the traditional "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" sum up the projects overt statement of spirituality that borders on experimentation while maintaining conventional structures. ~ Al Campbell