Sit up and take note of Fred Ho’s performance vistas! His extraordinary orchestrational and theatrical senses are rooted in Chinese traditional folk forms and jazz scores that seem inspired by Evans and Mingus. Leading with his own baritone sax and flute, Ho’s 11-piece band is a mix of saxes, trombone, bass and drums with Chinese stringed and reed instruments. His sensibility is not content with the orthodoxies of “world music.” One senses it’s been brewing for decades (Joachim Berendt would have enjoyed this). The timbral combination is perfect with the high-pitched traditional sounds and the pungent or wavy lines of the “jazz” horns.
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