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Billy Bang/Dennis Charles: Bangception Willisau 1982

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Recorded live at Jazz Festival Willisau in 1982, the Charles/Bang duo performs Ornette Coleman’s “Lonely Woman,” and Thelonious Monk’ s “Thelonious” is a feature for Charles’ soloing. Other works are by Bang, Bang and Charles and Bilal A. Rahman. Charles is no junior partner here. In addition to having “Thelonious” to himself, he and Bang often engage in exchanges and dialogues. Charles does not function primarily as an accompanist.

On his first recordings with Cecil Taylor in the 1950s, Charles’ prima influence was Art Blakey. By ’82 he’d become a more original stylist, but Blakey’s mark is still apparent in his thunderous playing. He’s disciplined, though; note the sense of pacing and development during his solos.

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