SIRONE BANG ENSEMBLE - Configuration
[Silkheart Records,
www.silkheart.se]

Sadly, violinist Billy Bang has been sorely under-recorded over the years. Sure he has a sizeable back catalogue, but much of it remains criminally out of print. With a handful of releases that do remain in print, every new one is worth its weight in gold. His new album showcases a more abstract, highly improvised effort from a new ensemble that Billy Bang assembled with bassist Sirone. The other "side" players are anything but support. Power-house saxophonist Charles Gayle, along with newcomer percussionist Tyshawn Sorey complete this quartet. The music, having been recorded in November of 2004, is very fresh, and represents the here and now of new improvised music of the day. Bang's playing is very to-the-point and even sounds tender during certain passages. Mostly, he just swings. This is the Billy Bang we all remember from String Trio of New York, his excellent recording "A Tribute to Stuff Smith" [Soul Note which turned out to be the final recording for Sun Ra] or his brilliant duo session with William Hooker "Joy (Within)!" [Silkheart]. His graceful and up-lifting outlines lift the quartet out of the gutters and into other-worldly dimension. Sirone provides a sturdy backbone on the bass and acts as an excellent equal-partner to Bang. I can't recall having heard Charles Gayle in a more restrained and melodic mode. His blows are nothing but pleasing and he keeps his solos to a manageable length. The pace is kept at a medium speed, and the mood is very uplifting and almost refined. [Would it be an insult to say that this ensemble sounds like they've been together for a long, long time?] "Configuration" is a record that will act as an aide for new generations who need to discover the genius that is Billy Bang.

Tom Sekowski


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RECENZJE

+ Hati - Zero Coma Zero
+ Ghedalia Tazartes - Diasporas/Tazartes
+ Sir Richard Bishop - Improvika
+ Enkidu - Hasselt
+ Battleroah - Battleroah
+ Airged L'Amh - The Silver Arm
+ The Crown - Crowned in Terror
+ The Most Important in the 90's, part One
+ AALY Trio/DKV Trio - Double Or Nothing; Witches and Devils - At The Empty Bottle
+ Tim Berne - Science Friction
+ L - Holy Letters
+ Ferran Fages - A cavall entre dos cavalls. Composicions per a guitarra
+ Ruth Barberán - Capacidad de pérdida
+ Denzler/Guionnet/Kinoshita/Unami – Vasistas
+ Zorn - All We Can Do Is Enjoy The Ride
+ Tarwater - The Needle Was Travelling
+ Jacaszek And Miłka - Sequel
+ September Collective - s/t
+ Scanner - Reason By Heart, Sleep By Twilight
+ Rhythm And Sound - See Mi Yah
+ Savas Pascalidis - This Is Your Fantasy
+ Monika Force
+ Dave Miller - Mitchells Raccolta
+ Michaela Melian - Baden-Baden
+ Air Liquide - Let Your Ears Be Receiver!
+ Karl Marx Stadt - 1997 - 2004
+ Thomas Jaldemark - Primitive Fun
+ Jake - Jake The Rapper
+ Maximilian Hecker - Lady Sleep
+ Markus Guentner - 1981
+ International Deejays Gigolos Vol. 8
+ AGF/Delay - Explode
+ F.S. Blumm - Zweite Meer
+ Atom TM - iMix

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>> SIRONE BANG ENSEMBLE - Configuration
+ PRO CELEBRITY GOLF / JAY GLAZE - Three Sinister Syllables; WE ACEDIASTS - Pre Acediasts; KATJA ZAVOLOKA - Plavyna
+ CARLOS GIFFONI / LEE RANALDO / JIM O'ROURKE - North Six; SAKADA - Never Give Up on the Margins of Logic
+ LITTL SHYNING MAN - Hart of the Wud; GRANUFUNK - Granufunk; VARIOUS ARTISTS - Beatwave Japan
+ MICHEL DONEDA / TETSU SAITOH / ALAIN JOULE - M'uoaz; TETSU SAITOH / MICHEL DONEDA - Spring Road 01
+ SOUND OF MUCUS - Filth Pharmacy; FJERNSYN FJERNSYN - Fjernsyn Fjernsyn
+ MICK HARRIS - Hednod Sessions; BARK PSYCHOSIS - Replay; JOHN MASSONI - Stillborn Dreams
+ DWIGHT ASHLEY - Four; Discrete Carbon
+ BARRY GUY / MARILYN CRISPELL / PAUL LYTTON - Ithaca
+ THE CARS ARE THE STARS - Fragments
+ ANGELS OF LIGHT - Angels of Light Sing Other People; AKRON / FAMILY - Akron / Family
+ NEW CIRCLE FIVE - Dreaming Wide Awake; DEEP LISTENING BAND / JOE McPHEE QUARTET - Unquenchable Fire
+ GRUFF RHYS - Yr Atal Genhedlaeth
+ JONSON - Chiplandschaften
+ PHONOSYNTHESE - Waldall
+ THE FIERY FURNACES - Blueberry Boat, EP

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ It's a passion - wywiad z Vladislavem Delayem
+ Love can make miracles - wywiad z AGF
+ Niskobudżetowe wibracje - Lo-Fi Stereo
+ Jaka Karma taka muzyka