Billy Bang Sessionography

  • 79.08.12 / Billy Bang – Distinction Without Difference, New York (Hat Hut Records)
  • 79.11.15 / Billy Bang Sextet featuring Frank Lowe – Sweet Space, New York (Anima Productions)
  • 80.06.28, 80.12.27 / Billy Bang – Changing Seasons, New York (Bellows Records)
  • 83.10.25 / The Jazz Doctors (Bang-Lowe-Garrett-Charles), Wuppertal (Germany)
  • 84.12.15 / Andrew Cyrille Trio – Soundscape, New York
  • 86.11.01 / Billy Bang Quintet – Forum, Jazztage, Leverkusen (Germany)
  • 03.02.17-18 / FAB Trio – Transforming the Space (CIMP)
  • 03.02.18 / FAB Trio – The Bop Shop, Rochester, NY
  • 04.04 / FAB Trio – Live at Iron Works, Vancouver, BC (Konnex Records)
  • 04.11.11 / Billy Bang Quartet – Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA
  • 08.04 / FAB Trio – Live in Amsterdam, Bimhuis, Amsterdam (Porter Records)
  • 08.04.19 / FAB Trio – A Night in Paris, Live at the Sunset, Paris (Marge Records)
  • 08.10 / Billy Bang, Shoji Hano – Four Seasons: East Meets West (Heart Lord Studio)

  • Billy Bang – Distinction Without Difference, August 12, 1979, New York (Hat Hut Records)

    Label: Hat Hut Records
    Catalog: Hat Hut FOUR (1R04)
    Format: Vinyl, LP

    Violin – Billy Bang

    A1 Improvisation For Sweet Space 5:45
    A2 Loweski 8:00
    A3 Part Of A Distinction Without Difference 3:45
    B1 Theme For Masters 9:50
    B2 Sometime Later 8:00
    B3 Skip To My Lou (Traditional) 4:00

    Recorded at The Gaku Gallery, New York August 12th 1979
    Released: 1980


    Billy Bang Sextet featuring Frank Lowe – Sweet Space, November 15, 1979, New York (Anima Productions)

    Label: Anima (12741)
    Format: Vinyl, LP

    Billy Bang – Violin
    Frank Lowe – Tenor Saxophone
    Luther Thomas – Alto Saxophone
    Butch Morris – Cornet
    Curtis Clark – Piano
    Wilber Morris – Bass
    Steve McCall – Drums

    Side A:
    A Pebble Is A Small Rock
    (Dedicated to Mr. & Mrs. Irving Stone)
    Sweet Space

    Side B:
    Loweski For Frank (T.F.R)
    Music For The Love Of It

    Produced by John Mingione and Billy Bang for Anima Productions.
    Arrangements by Butch Morris and Billy Bang except Sweet Space,
    arranged by Billy Bang.
    Recorded live at the Loeb Student Center north lobby, New York University,
    November 15, 1979

    Recording Engineer – Peter Kuhn
    Cover sculpture – Amir Bey
    Cover photograph – Chris Tellez
    Cover concept – Deborah Kaye
    Back photograph – Clement Cann
    Logo – Koji Morioka
    Design – WooArt

    Special thanks to Howard Spierer and the staff at NYU



    Billy Bang – Changing Seasons , June 28 1980, December 27 1980, New York (Bellows Records)

    Label: Bellows Records/ Bellows 004
    Format: Vinyl, LP

    Side A:

    Summer Night (with Crickets) (12:45)
    Playful Spring: Brass Bow/ The Elephant & The Mosquito (4:55)

    Side B:

    Aduwa in Autumn (10:15)
    Winter Rains (14:20)

    A: 1 and B: 1, 2
    Billy Bang: violin
    William Parker: bass
    Toshi Tsuchitori: percussion and auto harp
    Recorded on June 28, 1980 at Studio Henry in New York City

    A: 2
    Billy Bang: violin
    Masahiko Kono: trombone
    Recorded on December 27, 1980 at Soundscape in New York City

    Released 1980


    The Jazz Doctors (Bang-Lowe-Garrett-Charles), 1983.10.25, Wuppertal (Germany)

    Exil

    Wuppertal, Germany
    25. October 1983

    The Jazz Doctors

    Frank Lowe – tenor saxophone
    Billy Bang – violin
    Rafael Garrett – bass
    Denis Charles – drums

    1. – 10:06
    2. – 18:49
    3. – 11:29
    4. – 09:29
    5. – 06:33
    6. – 23:58
    7. – 09:25
    8. – 09:09
    9. – 07:39

    total time 106:37


    Andrew Cyrille Trio – Soundscape, New York – 15 December 1984

    Soundscape at La Mama
    New York, New York
    United States of America

    15 December 1984

    Andrew Cyrille – drums, percussion
    Billy Bang – violin
    Santi Debriano – bass

    01. Enter from the East (John Carter) 13:25
    02. Title (Bud Powell) 13:02
    03. Title 28:50
    04. My Friend Louis (Dedicated To Louis Moholo) (Andrew Cyrille) 22:08

    Total Time: 77:26



    Billy Bang Quintet – Leverkusen (Germany), Forum, Jazztage 1986

    1986 November 1
    FM – Sound A-

    Billy Bang – violin
    Roy Campbell – tpt, fh
    Oscar Sanders – guitar
    William Parker – bass
    Zen Matsuura – drums

    1. Announcement BB / Sinawe Mandelas (dedicated to the late Johnny Dyani) / Announcement BB – 11:08
    2. Thank You Ma’am (adapted from a short story by Langston Hugues) – 10:37
    3. Announcement BB / Sad Song – 6:38
    4. Announcement BB / Mold of a Man – 8:37
    5. Going Through – 34:08
    6. Announcement BB – 0:22
    7. Music For The Love of It – 7:40 (fade out)

    Total time: 79:13

    All compositions Billy Bang, except 7, Butch Morris.



    FAB Trio – Joe Fonda, Barry Altschul, Billy Bang – Transforming the Space, (CIMP) 2003.02.17-18

    Label: CIMP
    Catalog: CIMP 284
    Format: CD

    17-18. February 2003, NY

    Joe Fonda – Bass
    Barry Altschul – Drums
    Billy Bang – Violin

    1. Be Out S’cool (Altschul) 7:52
    2. The Softness of Light (Bang) 13:15
    3. For Papa Jo, Klook & Philly Too (Altschul) 10:13
    4. Tales from Da Bronx (Bang) 9:09
    5. Song for My Mother (Fonda) 16:38
    6. Coligno Battatta (Fonda/Altschul/Bang) 6:29

    Recorded in NY, Feb 17-18, 2003
    Released by Creative Improvised Music Projects [CIMP 284]
    Released: 2003



    FAB Trio – The Bop Shop, Rochester, NY, February 18, 2003

    Billy Bang – violin
    Joe Fonda – bass
    Barry Altschul – drums

    The Bop Shop
    Rochester, NY, USA
    February 18, 2003

    Sound: B+ (a little boomy, but you can hear all the instruments distinctly)

    1. 22:50
    2. 22:54



    FAB Trio – Live at Iron Works, Vancouver, BC, April 2004 (Konnex Records)

    Billy Bang – violin
    Joe Fonda – double bass
    Barry Altschul – drums

    1. FAB
    2. For Frank Lowe
    3. B.B
    4. Tune For Barry
    5. For Don Cherry
    6. Song For My Mother (Joe Fonda)

    Release information:
    Recorded by Ron Cote at Iron Works, Vancouver, BC in April 2004.
    Released 2005 by Konnex Records [KCD 5158]

    Released: 2005
    Label: Konnex Records


    Billy Bang Quartet – Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA, November 11, 2004

    Billy Bang – violin
    Muziki Roberson – piano
    Todd Nicholson – bass
    Darell Green – drums

    1. Yo, Ho Chi Minh is in the House 12:21
    2. Mr Syms 12:11
    3. Moments for KIAMIA 08:31
    4. At Play in the Field of the Lord 09:41


    FAB Trio – Live in Amsterdam, April, 2008, Bimhuis, Amsterdam (Porter Records)

    Billy Bang – violin
    Joe Fonda – double bass
    Barry Altschul – drums

    1. Fabmusic Opening 14:26
    2. Go East / Da Bang 30:49
    3. Fabmusic Continuation / Spirits Entering 27:18

    Release information:
    Recorded live in April, 2008 at the Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Released 2009 by Porter Records PRCD – 4014

    Released: 2009
    Label: Porter Records


    FAB Trio – A Night in Paris, Live at the Sunset, April 19, 2008, Paris (Marge Records)

    Billy Bang – violin
    Joe Fonda – double bass
    Barry Altschul – drums

    1. A Night in Paris, part 1 (FAB) 8:14
    2. A Night in Paris, part 2 (FAB) 8:26
    3. Da Bang (Altschul) 17:59
    4. Just a Simple Song (Altschul) 9:38
    5. China (Fonda) 12:21
    6. Spirits Entering (Bang) 10:45

    Release information:
    Recorded live on April 19, 2008 at the Sunset, Paris, France
    Released 2008 by Marge Records [41]

    Released: 2008
    Label: Marge Records


    Billy Bang, Shoji Hano – Four Seasons: East Meets West (Heart Lord Studio, HLSCD-0009) (Japan) (CD)

    Spring (9:34)
    Summer (12:22)
    Autumn (7:06)
    Winter (21:40)
    All music by Billy Bang and Shoji Hano

    Billy Bang: electric violin
    Shoji Hano: drums

    Guest
    Kimie Sakaki: koto (3)

    Recorded at Heart Lord Studio, Hiroshima, October 2008
    Mastered by Kunimoto Ibara
    Design by Shinobu Goto
    Produced by Kunimoto Ibara and Shinobu Goto

    Released in March 2009


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