Jazz violinists. Yes, they do exist.
If you get a chance to see Billy Bang live, I suggest you take advantage of it. I caught him last year with Kahil El’Zabar, and it was a hell of a show.
A Vietnam combat veteran, Billy Bang has explored that experience in his music – most recently on his 2005 CD “Vietnam: Reflections.” (Available through iTunes and eMusic.) You can download a FREE MP3 off that album (“Doi Moi”) by following this link to Firehouse 12, the New Haven performance venue. (Look under “Music Samples.”)
But I want to play you a different track. Click here to hear “Reflections” on my Vox blog. It also showcases John Hicks on piano, Henry Threadgill on flute and Ted Daniel on trumpet.
Tomorrow being the final day of summer, it’ll also be the end of my cavalcade of free-MP3 links. Hope y’all enjoyed it as much as I did.