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Song Title Time Price
listen  1. Yo! Ho Chi Minh Is in the House10:25Album Only
listen  2. Moments for the Kiamia 6:39Album Only
listen  3. Tunnel Rat (Flashlight and a 45) 9:32Album Only
listen  4. Tet Offensive 8:57Album Only
listen  5. Bien Hoa Blues 6:42Album Only
listen  6. Mystery of the Mekong10:01Album Only
listen  7. Fire in the Hole 7:03Album Only
listen  8. Saigon Phunk11:59Album Only

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 26, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Justin Time Records
  • ASIN: B00005OW61
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,807 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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As a belated document of his traumatic experience as a soldier in Southeast Asia, Vietnam: The Aftermath was a painful but cathartic album for free jazz violin great Billy Bang to make. Joined by fellow Vietnam vets including tenor saxophonist Frank Lowe, trumpeter Ted Daniel, drummer Michael Carvin, and "conductionist" Butch Morris, Bang paints a harrowing picture of the conflict on "TET Offensive." But employing Asian folk melodies like rays of sunshine through the darkness and sturdy bop lines as friendly arrows pointing the way back home, he offsets visions of death and destruction with humane insight and saving humor (then and now, there's nothing like a little '60s-styled "Saigon Phunk" to prop a grunt up). Bolstered by some richly textured ensembles, Bang rips off some of his most impressive and stirring solos. The contributors also include pianist John Hicks and flutist Sonny Fortune. --Lloyd Sachs

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Scott Alexander on September 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Vietnam: The Aftermath is one the finest jazz recordings ever made. Bang's mix of Asian motifs with jazz is simply inspired. This CD soulful, touching, swinging and really just plain beautiful. I can't recommend this CD highly enough. This record is a classic! I know I'll be listening to this CD for the rest of my life.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 2001
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This new CD is sure to earn Billy Bang rave reviews from the critics as well as devoted fans like myself. This is simply Bang at his very best, with his intense, bouncing style given free range with the full-bodied support of top-flight musicians, including John Hicks, Michael Carvin, Frank Lowe, Curtis Lundy, Ted Daniels, and special guest Sonny Fortune. It is also very timely. It is at once a solemn introspection into the horrors of war and a celebration of the ability of the human spirit to overcome those horrors by facing up to them and choosing to use the experience to create something as wonderful and life-affirming as great music. And this music is so wonderful that it has the power to lift the human spirit even while it compels the listener to contemplate the absurdity of war as a means of resolving conflicts. Asian harmonics infiltrate the more familiar Jazz and Soul riffs, like the Vietcong advancing along the Ho Chi Minh Trail toward Saigon. But this juxtapositioning of Asian and American musical aesthetics is not about who won or lost the war; it signifies instead the interconnectedness of humanity, even while locked in mortal battle. Every human being who was injured or killed lost something or everything and gained nothing. This is a musical portrait of war from the vantage-point of those who fought on the ground and survived to experience the aftermath. And for so many American veterans like Billy Bang, the aftermath was plagued by psychological and physical damage, compounded by unemployment, drug addictions and public scorn for having fought an ignoble war. This is perhaps Billy Bang's personal guide on how to survive the war and its aftermath. Like the Blues, the music and musical performances captured here invoke pain and joy at the same time.Read more ›
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Davis on May 7, 2003
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"Vietnam: The Aftermath" is exceptional from all musical angles. Billy Bang has managed to capture the essence of great modern Jazz with added texture provided by vivid Asian themes and motifs. The beauty of this music lies in the integration of the two cultures. Billy Bang does an exceptional job of melding the Asian themes with the swinging tradition of great modern Jazz. If you like your music with an edge, this CD will blow you away. Unlike anything else I have ever heard, this music is a breath of fresh air. It is beautiful, open & free and it swings. This is the best Jazz Violin I have ever heard. Congratulations Billy Bang. This recording is a gem. Check it out!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Douglas H. Watts on February 11, 2004
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I first saw Billy Bang perform with the Sun Ra Arkestra at the Tree Cafe in Portland, Maine in the late 1980s and was blown away by his intense and joyous performance. It was obvious that Mr. Ra enjoyed Billy's playing and afforded him many opportunities to lead the band. By closing, the band enticed the entire audience to form a conga line to a Cab Calloway standard, with the musicians playing in the line as the bartender screamed for last call.
A decade later, I had the privilege of listening to Billy Bang and his band perform the music on this CD at the Waterville Opera House in Waterville, Maine before maybe 200 people in a very informal and friendly setting. Mr. Bang is a supremely likable, honest, serious and often humorous person and his personality is fused to his music. His fellow musicians are as well. After hearing the performance of these pieces, everyone in the small, aging theatre knew they had experienced something unique and valuable and everyone went into the humid July evening with a smile on their face.
If more musicians in the jazz idiom played with the depth, lyricism and humanity of Billy Bang, jazz would be a much more popular form of contemporary American music.
Thank you, sir.
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