Billy Bang Vietnam: The Aftermath
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- by Billy Bang ~ Big Bang Theory ~ $13.48
- Released: March 26, 2002
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: Justin Time Records
The Wire - 06/02, p.71"...The crisply written selection of blues, ballads and blowing vehicles asserts a quietly harrowing power track by track..."
Down Beat - May 2002, pp.54-554.5 out of 5 stars - "...THE AFTERMATH is as layered and suspenseful as APOCALYPSE NOW with the inevitable maelstrom held in check until near the end of the voyage....full of triumph and courage..."
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Personnel includes: Billy Bang (violin); Butch Morris (conductor); Frank Lowe (tenor saxophone); Ted Daniels (trumpet); Sonny Fortune (flute); John Kicks (piano); Curtis Lundy (bass); Michael Carvin (drums); Ron Brown (percussion).
Violinist Billy Bang is equally at home whether performing heady, modern-jazz-style improvisation or when churning out a straightforward swing vibe within mainstream contexts. Here, saxophonist/flutist Sonny Fortune, pianist John Hicks, and others lend their wares to this generally invigorating 2001 production. Based upon his Vietnam War experiences, Bang and associates meld Southeast Asian modalities with Western scales and bouncy swing vamps amid a few tenderly executed ballads. The violinist and tenor saxophonist Frank Lowe engage in some heated dialogue during the hard-driving "Saigon Phunk," while the venerable Lawrence "Butch" Morris conducts the septet on "Bien Hoa Blues." Hence, this program is fabricated upon interweaving Asian undertones, groove-laden rhythms, and the instrumentalists' strong soloing. However, some of the compositions are less memorable than others, although the violinist's steadfast commitment to this deeply personal undertaking cannot be compromised. ~ Glenn Astarita
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