Underground Railroad to My Heart

The Underground Railroad to My Heart

by Fred Ho
     
 
One of the major voices in the highly political Asian improvisation movement of the 1980s and '90s, baritonist Fred Ho on this memorable CD performs everything from modernized swing and Charles Mingus-influenced ensembles to short solo baritone pieces and selections that mix together Western and Eastern

Overview

One of the major voices in the highly political Asian improvisation movement of the 1980s and '90s, baritonist Fred Ho on this memorable CD performs everything from modernized swing and Charles Mingus-influenced ensembles to short solo baritone pieces and selections that mix together Western and Eastern instruments. He utilizes two ensembles: the 11-piece Journey Beyond the West Orchestra (which includes such instruments as the sona, erbu, and san shuen along with more conventional jazz horns and rhythm, plus occasionally the somewhat jarring Chinese soprano vocals of Cindy Zuoxin Wang) and the five-piece Afro-Asian Music Ensemble. During a set that includes some charming Asian melodies, the episodic "The Underground Railroad to My Heart" (the disc's high point), "Strange Fruit Revisited," an Easternized "Caravan," and even "Auld Lang Syne," there is no lack of variety, color, sincerity, chance-taking, and impressive musicianship. Well worth checking out.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/16/2010
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0027312126723
catalogNumber:
883397
Rank:
90352

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fred Ho   Primary Artist,Flute,Baritone Saxophone
You Qun Fu   Erhu
Kiyoto Fujiwara   Bass
Sam Furnace   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Royal Hartigan   Percussion,Drums,Chinese Percussion,Donno
Pauline Hong   San Shuen
Peter Madsen   Piano
Pei Sheng Shen   Oboe
John Shifflett   Bass,String Bass
Cindy Zuoxin Wang   Soprano (Vocal)
Martin Wehner   Trombone
Allen Won   Tenor Saxophone
Francis Wong   Flute,Piccolo,Tenor Saxophone
Fred Ho & The Afro-Asian Music Ensemble   Track Performer
Hafez Modirzadeh   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
James Norton   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone

Technical Credits

Fred Houn   Producer
Giovanni Bonandrini   Executive Producer
Gennaro Carone   Engineer
You Qun Fu   Contributor
Royal Hartigan   Arranger
Fred Ho   Arranger,Liner Notes
Pauline Hong   Contributor
Katsuhiko Naito   Engineer
Pei Sheng Shen   Contributor,Sona
Fred Wei-Han Ho   Producer
Jim Dean   Engineer
Jon Evans   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Robert Burns   Composer

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