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A Ballad for Many / Byron, Bang on a Can


Release Date: 06/13/2006 
Label:  Cantaloupe   Catalog #: 21036   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Don Byron
Performer:  Don Byron
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bang on a Can
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

REVIEWS:

After years of live collaboration, Don Byron and Bang on a Can step into the studio together to create Byron's follow-up to his Grammy-nominated 'Ivey-Divey'. This inimitable clarinetist shows off his talent as a composer in his new CD with the genre-blurring Bang on a Can All-Stars. The CD is dedicated to ground-breakers, with large-scale works dedicated to one-of-a-kind comic/satirist/star Ernie Kovacs, and to the Tuskegee Airmen, the famous African-American WWII-era fighter squadron. Lovingly recorded by Byron's long-time engineer Tom Lazarus, 'A Ballad For Many' features the Bang on a Can All-Stars at their best, whether negotiating breathtaking cello-piano duets or rocking out with one of Byron's great grooves.
Read more This CD creates a unique opportunity to hear Byron's stunning compositional acumen as interpreted by a group other than his own.

"Calling Don Byron a jazz musician is like calling the Pacific wet - it just doesn't begin to describe it...Byron has carpentered an extraordinary career precisely by obliterating the very idea of category." - TIME Magazine

"An intelligent and insightful composer." - CMJ New Music Report

"It's not a rock band, not a jazz combo, not a chamber ensemble. It's all three, only different. It's Bang on a Can All-Stars, an instrumental group from New York, which plays intellectually stimulating, gut-enjoyable music by living composers of all backgrounds." - Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"...an elite band of omnivorous performers with the chops to handle the thorniest avant-garde screed but also the power to crank out a withering sonic blitz." - Vanity Fair

"Don't call this eclectic: It's simply complete." - Entertainment Weekly
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Works on This Recording

1.
Eugene: I by Don Byron
Performer:  Don Byron (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bang on a Can
Notes: Composed for a vignette on the Ernie Kovacs Show.  
2.
Eugene: II by Don Byron
Performer:  Don Byron (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bang on a Can
3.
Eugene: III by Don Byron
Performer:  Don Byron (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bang on a Can
4.
Eugene: IV by Don Byron
Performer:  Don Byron (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bang on a Can
5.
Eugene: V by Don Byron
Performer:  Don Byron (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bang on a Can
6.
Eugene: VI by Don Byron
Performer:  Don Byron (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bang on a Can
7.
Fyodorovich by Don Byron
Performer:  Don Byron (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bang on a Can
8.
Blinky Blanky Blokoe by Don Byron
Performer:  Don Byron (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bang on a Can
9.
Spin by Don Byron
Performer:  Don Byron (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bang on a Can
10.
Basquiat by Don Byron
Performer:  Don Byron (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bang on a Can
11.
The Red-Tailed Angels by Don Byron
Performer:  Don Byron (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bang on a Can
Notes: Movements:
I. Integrity
II. Silver Wings
III. Despite a Barrage
IV. Explanation
V. 450 Tuskegee Airmen
VI. You Can Fly
VII. Finally in 1941
VIII. Fortunately
IX. Credits 
12.
Show Him Some Lub by Don Byron
Performer:  Don Byron (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bang on a Can

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