Ballad for Many

A Ballad for Many

by Bang On A Can
     
 
The Bang on a Can All-Stars is a sextet of musicians drawn from a larger orchestra that specializes in debuting new music, much of which would be considered modern classical music. On A Ballad for Many, the group performs some of the works of jazz clarinetist Don Byron. Their set consists of six sketches from "Eugene" (a live

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The Bang on a Can All-Stars is a sextet of musicians drawn from a larger orchestra that specializes in debuting new music, much of which would be considered modern classical music. On A Ballad for Many, the group performs some of the works of jazz clarinetist Don Byron. Their set consists of six sketches from "Eugene" (a live accompaniment to a silent episode of Ernie Kovacs' Show), nine brief selections from his soundtrack to a documentary on the Tuskegee Airmen, and five other pieces. Byron makes appearances on three of the numbers, but otherwise the focus is on Bang on a Can's interpretations of his originals. The music is episodic, a bit incomplete without the picture (since most of the music is actually soundtracks) and colorful if not quite essential.

Editorial Reviews

Time Out New York - Stacey Kors
It’s telling that the pieces featuring Byron’s inspired playing are the album’s best: the impressionistic “Basquiat,” as well as the ’40s-style ballad “Silver Wings” and the funky “Credits,”
San Francisco Chronicle - Joshua Kosman
A match made in musical heaven, and this collection of Byron's short, illustrative pieces is almost sinfully exciting.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/13/2006
Label:
Cantaloupe
UPC:
0713746303624
catalogNumber:
21036
Rank:
162893

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