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Don Byron and the Bang On A Can All-Stars occupy front-row positions in the interstices where jazz, world music, and avant garde art music meet. Put them together in this stimulating new album, A Ballad For Many, and you get a lively, genre-busting experience. All of the compositions are by Byron, including "Eugene," written as a live accompaniment to a silent episode of Ernie Kovacs' 1960s TV show. Its six sections feature tick-tock percussion, a Rachmaninoff-like cello solo, and a general "jazz-meets-cartoon music" feel. The other multi-section piece is Byron's music from The Red-Tailed Angels, a documentary film about World War II's famed Tuskegee fighter airmen. Its 9 evocative cues range from a brief cello solo to Ellingtonian tone painting to martial rhythms. The closing section features Byron soloing, a jazz clarinet flight in tribute to the brave fighter pilots who broke barriers in a Jim Crow society. Another highlight is Basquiat, a moving homage to the Haitian-American artist who won fame and died young. It has dazzling Byron solos that include piercing forays into the upper stratosphere where Basquiat dwelt--in Byron’s words, "a brother who knew high art things he wasn't supposed to know, and ended up in high places where he wasn't supposed to be." --Dan Davis

2. II
3. III
4. IV
5. V
6. VI (end of Eugene)
7. Fyodorovich
8. Blinky Blanky Blokoe
9. Spin
10. Basquiat
12. Silver Wings
13. Despite a Barrage
14. Explanation
15. 450 Tuskegee Airmen
16. You can fly
17. Finally in 1941
18. Fortunately
19. Credits (Red-Tailed Angels END)
20. Show him some lub

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 13, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cantaloupe
  • ASIN: B000FILUE2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,007 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alessandro Mantega on August 1, 2006
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I wasn't very deep inside BoaC music. I bought this because of Don, and SURPRISE! Bang on a Can really swings hard.

I strongly recommend this album to all jazz & open minded music lovers.

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