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Vietnam: Reflections

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Reflections
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Ru Con
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Lock & Load
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Ly Ngua O
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Doi Moi
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Reconciliation
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Waltz of the Water Puppets
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Trong Com
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Reconciliation 2
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Total Tracks: 9   Total Length: 70:01

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Awesome!

DanRathbun

This is an amazing album by an extremely talented musician. I live in Hanoi, so I was intrigued by the title. I am so happy I ran across it! I listen to it everyday and each time I listen I like it more. I think Doi Moi is the best song on the album, but they are all great. Some of the vocals in Vietnamese sound like they were sung by a foreigner, but that shouldn't bother 99.99% of the people who download this album. I also thought "Big Bang Theory" was a superlative album. I would like to see a lot more of his work on Emusic.com.

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Fantastic

MojoDave

A beautiful thing. Billy Bang has so much depth and senstivity. He oughta be famous.

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Accessible and lyrical....

ColtraneWasGod

....yet open-ended and dynamic in the way that the best post-bop jazz is. I can probably live without the Vietnamese vocal tracks, but the ensemble work is so crisp and strong throughout that this instantly became one of my favorite recordings, ever. Well worth your time and expense to grab this one.

They Say All Music Guide

Violinist Billy Bang’s series of recordings about his Vietnam experiences have helped him open up and purge some demons, and they have resulted in some superior music. On this set, he performs originals that hint at Asian music and often become fertile vamps for the improvisations of Bang and his sidemen. There are also three traditional Vietnamese melodies and brief vocals from Co Boi Nguyen. Bang has rarely sounded better, and he is assisted quite ably in the solo department by altoist James Spaulding, Henry Threadgill (who sticks to flute), trumpeter Ted Daniel, and pianist John Hicks. The music is more post-bop and even hard bop than it is avant-garde, and it is both accessible and creative. Vietnam: Reflections is well worth exploring. – Scott Yanow

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