A tribute to the recently departed jazz violinist Billy Bang interspersed with new music which hovers on the edge of jazz.
Billy Bang’s virtuosity and technique brought the violin into modern jazz and his work in various sub-genres of the music can be found over a series of great records, especially his work with Kahil el Zabar’s Ritual Trio. On the show a dip into some of his best work.
- Billy Bang – Music for the Love of it – Sweet Space – Recorded live at the Loeb Student Center, New York University, November 15, 1979. Billy Bang – violin, Frank Lowe – tenor sax, Luther Thomas – alto sax, Butch Morris – cornet, Curtis Clark – piano, Wilbur Morris – bass, Steve McCall – drums.
- Me and My Friends – Un Sentiment Inespere – Promo EP – A Leeds based band with an interesting blend of jazz and folk. Nick Rasle – vocals, guitar; Emma Coleman – vocals, cello; Aurielie Labrosse – vocals, saxophone; Michael Sprack -percussion ; James Grunwell – (additional) Bass.
- Beak – Diving for Mackeral – The Red Edition – fascinating band from Sunderland blending jazz and rock in an exciting new sound – you can get the EP for free from here.
- Billy Bang – P.M. – Valve No 10 – In 1988, Billy Bang traveled to Italy on the eve of a new European tour with his current quartet, laying down seven tracks for an album which partially was a tribute album to John Coltrane. Billy Bang- violin, Frank Lowe- tenor sax, Sirone- bass, Denis Charles – drums.
- Me and My Friends – Warm Up – Promo EP
- Julia Dowler – Let Me – Direct from the Artist – the smoky bluesy jazz stylings of Stoke of Trent’s Julia which in this instance get very close structurally to 70s prog.
- Kahil El Zabar’s Ritual Trio with Billy Bang – Big M – Big M, a tribute to Malachi Favors
- Beak – Birds on the Moon – The Red Edition
- Billy Bang – Ru Con – Vietnam: Reflections – one of a pair of albums reflecting on Billy’s time in Vietnam as a member of the armed forces. Billy Bang – violin, James Spauling – alto sax & flute, Henry Threadgill – flute, Ted Daniel – trumpet, John Hicks – piano, Curtis Lundy – bass, Michael Carvin – drums, Ron Brown – percussion, Co Boi Nguyen – vocalist, Nihan Thanh Ngo – dan tranh.
- Phil Woods – Star Eyes – Birds of a Feather – This 1981 album was pianist Hal Galper’s first recording as a member of the Phil Woods band, bassist Steve Gilmore and drummer Bill Goodwin make up the rest of the quartet. When it comes to modern bebop Phil Woods is one of the best and his solos on this album are consistently inventive and exciting.
- Billy Bang – Bien Hoa Blues – Vietnam : The Aftermath – the other Vietnam album this time the line-up is Billy Bang – violin, Frank Lowe – tenor sax, Sonny Fortune – flute. John Hicks – piano, Curtis Lundy – bass, Ron Brown – percussion, Michael Carvin – drums
- Ella Fitzgerald – Cryin’ Mood – That Old Black Magic – confusingly there are three Ella albums with this title – this is the Laserlight compilation from 2002.