Tracking the Odds: Billy Bang (Audio)
Violinist, composer, and improviser Billy Bang in a solo concert of original works and a Thelonious Monk classic recorded at Roulette on 13 March 2006. Bang (1947-2011) is known for his Vietnam War experience and mental health activism underscoring a remarkable string of bands and collaborations including The Survival Ensemble, which he founded in the 1970s; as co-founder of The String Trio Of New York; and as an original member of Kahil El’Zabar’s Ritual Trio. In addition, Bang worked with Sam Rivers, Frank Lowe, Don Cherry, Marilyn Crispell, James Blood Ulmer, Roy Campbell, William Parker, Andrew Cyrille, and Sun Ra, among many others. A bonus track with drummer Susie Ibarra from 1994 closes the program.