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The Fire From Within Import

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Audio CD, Import, February 12, 2010
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 12, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Soul Note
  • Run Time: 47 minutes
  • ASIN: B00387FSPE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,779 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By PDX-ish guy on March 19, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is probably my favorite Billy Bang recording. The whole thing is brilliance. From the conceptualization to the execution. This is all based on the Carlos Castaneda book (duh) "The Fire From Within" which, as far as those books go, is for me the most tolerable. All song titles are taken from chapters of the book. What was weird for me, was I'd never read any Castaneda, and this was the first Billy Bang CD I had the pleasure of buying, both of which happened at around the same time. The playing on here is all (again) insanely good, and they managed to pull of some pretty tricky, angular jazz songs and make them sound fantastic. This CD sounds so good, It sounds ahead of it's time in some ways. It certainly doesn't seem to show its age that much, if at all.

I should point out that William Parker is the bass player here, who lately has finally been getting the recognition and wider respect he's deserved for a long time. Seems like this guy was ignored by most jazz critics for a long while, until we got past the whole unfortunate "Young Lions" fad in the 90's that did more harm than good for all involved. William Parker hasn't changed up his sound to please critics or fans, he's doing what he always has, which is play deep, soulful very forward thinking post-bop, post-modal, post-hipster, etc, etc. The point is that there have always been brave souls who shouldered the jazz tradition while carrying it forward, regardless of fads or trends, and this recording sits right in the middle of that group of people.
This approach to jazz was overlooked for at least 10 (closer to 20, realistically) years by all but the most open minded jazz critics, and I NEVER EVER heard this type of jazz get airplay. EVER.
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