Vietnam: Reflections

Vietnam: Reflections

by Billy Bang


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Vietnam: Reflections

Violinist Billy Bang's series of recordings about his Vietnam experiences have helped him open up and purge some demons, and they have resulted in some superior music. On this set, he performs originals that hint at Asian music and often become fertile vamps for the improvisations of Bang and his sidemen. There are also three traditional Vietnamese melodies and brief vocals from Co Boi Nguyen. Bang has rarely sounded better, and he is assisted quite ably in the solo department by altoist James Spaulding, Henry Threadgill (who sticks to flute), trumpeter Ted Daniel, and pianist John Hicks. The music is more post-bop and even hard bop than it is avant-garde, and it is both accessible and creative. Vietnam: Reflections is well worth exploring.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/10/2005
Label: Justin Time Records
UPC: 0068944021222
catalogNumber: 212
Rank: 129231

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy Bang   Primary Artist,Violin
Michael Carvin   Drums
John Hicks   Piano
Lawrence "Butch" Morris   Conductor,Cornet
James Spaulding   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Curtis Lundy   Bass
Ted Daniel   Trumpet
Henry Threadgill   Flute
Nhan Thanh Ngo   Zither
Co Boi Nguyen   Vocals
Ron Brown   Percussion

Technical Credits

Billy Bang   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Jim Czak   Engineer
Howard Mandel   Liner Notes
Jim West   Executive Producer
Traditional   Composer
Bill Tucker   Cover Photo

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