BILLY BANG - AUSTRIA 2002

April 17, 2011 – 3:29 am

BILLY BANG R.I.P. 1947-2011
(click here for the obituary)

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BILLY BANG
Austria 2002 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the 24th International Jazz Festival, Saalfelden, Austria; August 23, 2002. Very good soundboard.

In 2001, Billy Bang released Vietnam: The Aftermath. Downbeat says: “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…”

The following review of  Vietnam: The Aftermath appeared in Rock & Rap Confidential No. 190:

Jazz violinist Bang made this album in what he describes as a successful attempt to finally heal the psychic scars of Vietnam combat (five of the eight other musicians in the ensemble are also Vietnam vets). From “Bien Hoa Blues” to “Mystery of the Mekong” to “Saigon Phunk,” Bang lets his pain and passion take him literally all over the map, searching for release and finding it with help from his cohorts, most notably pianist John Hicks and trumpeter Ted Daniels. The beautiful lament “Moments for the KIA-MIA” is perhaps what you would expect, but nothing can prepare you for the rollicking exuberance of “Tunnel Rat,” which perhaps reflects the headspace you have to get into to go down into a dangerous hole with nothing but a “flashlight and a .45.”

At the 24th International Jazz Festival in Austria in 2002, Billy Bang performed tracks from the album.

Thanks to the person who shared the tracks online in 2005 and to sparti for keeping the show alive.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Yo! Ho Chi Minh Is In The House 12:00 (19.6MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 01. Yo! Ho Chi Minh Is In The House (megaupload link)
Track 02. Tunnel Rat 9:06 (14.5MB)
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Track 03. Moments For KIA-MIA 11:34 (18.9MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 03. Moments For KIA-MIA (megaupload link)
Track 04. Fire In The Hole :48 (12.5MB)
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Track 05. Saigon Phunk 9:19 (15.2MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 05. Saigon Phunk (megaupload link)
Track 06. Band Introduction 1:32 (2.4MB)
Track 07. Bien Hoa Blues 9:30 (15.2MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 07. Bien Hoa Blues (megaupload link)

Lineup:
Billy Bang - violin
Frank Lowe - tenor saxophone
James Zollar - trumpet
John Hicks - piano
Curtis Lundy - bass
Michael Carvin - drums

Click here to order Billy Bang and Shoji Hano’s Four Seasons: East Meets West.

Click on the link to order Vietnam: The Aftermath and other Billy Bang releases.

  1. 5 Responses to “BILLY BANG - AUSTRIA 2002”

  2. hey bigo, thanks!!! now you’re talking.

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Apr 17, 2011

  3. He will be missed…

    By YogaforCynics on Apr 17, 2011

  4. hey bigo, i noticed inside the tag of tunnel rat there was a space after rat so i researched the track title, and it’s tunnel rat (flashlight and a .45). will put that.

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Apr 17, 2011

  5. Bang’s music has pathos, funk, high tempo and drive. ABove it’s just damn good. I first heward his music when Aftermath was previewed on the BBCs Jazz on 3 show. A good friend of mine also gave me a recording of the show so I got my first Billy Bang track and subsequently bought Aftermath, Big Bang Theory and Spirits entering. Bang’s music really got to me!

    A sad loss at such a early age, Bang’s passion in music will be missed.

    By Julian on Apr 17, 2011

  6. Thanks for this wonderful post,which not only features Billy bang,but two other departed greats from his generation:Frank Lowe and John Hicks.

    By Evil dr.Louie on Jan 5, 2012

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