Billy Bang's final studio album, a quintet with Dick Griffin (trombone), Andrew Bemkey (piano), Hilliard Greene (bass) and Newman Taylor-Baker (drums) performing works from Bang, Barry Altschul, Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins.
Catalog ID: TUM 34
Squidco Product Code: 17822
Recorded by Nikopetri Paakunainen at Studio MI, Finnish Broadcasting Company, in Helsinki on February 2nd and 3rd, 2011.
Hilliard Greene-double bass
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1. Da Bang 8:20
2. Guinea 12:31
3. Daydreams 13:57
4. Law Years 7:53
5. All Blues 10:11
6. St. Thomas 5:14
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"Da Bang! was recorded in February 2011, just two months before the master violinist Billy Bang (1947-2011) succumbed to cancer. In this final session, the Billy Bang Group featured one extended composition by Bang, "Daydreams," as well as compositions by some of Bang«s favorite musicians, including Barry Altschul, Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins.
For Da Bang!, the Billy Bang Group featured legendary trombonist Dick Griffin as well as Bang«s regular accompanists in his final period, pianist Andrew Bemkey, bassist Hilliard Greene and drummer Newman Taylor-Baker.
During his career, Billy Bang recorded almost 30 albums as a leader, another dozen or so with various co-operative groups and many more as a sideman. In addition to being a beautiful recording in its own right and a stellar addition to his discography, Da Bang! serves as an ample reminder of why Billy Bang was considered a true master of his chosen instrument and one of the undisputed leaders of his generation of improvising musicians."-Tum Records