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Billy Bang: Vietnam: Reflections

Billy Bang’s Vietnam: The Aftermath, released in 2001, was the most important recording in years by a jazz violinist. Bang courageously confronted the trauma of his experience as a soldier in Vietnam, and the nightmares that had haunted him for 30 years.

Vietnam: Reflections is not a sequel but a logical next step in Bang’s process of healing and reconciliation. He keeps the powerfully effective personnel from Aftermath mostly intact. Whether Vietnam veterans (trumpeter Ted Daniel, drummer Michael Carvin, percussionist Ron Brown, cornetist-conductor Butch Morris) or not (pianist John Hicks, bassist Curtis Lundy, reed players James Spaulding and Henry Threadgill), all are passionately, creatively engaged. Reflections also introduces two musicians born in Vietnam, vocalist Co Boi Nguyen and Nhan Thanh Ngo, who plays the dan tranh, similar to a dulcimer

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