Far East Suite CD
Produced by Anthony Brown
In homage to the musical legacy and humanitarian achievements of Duke Ellington, Brown chose to commemorate Ellington’s 1999 centennial with a new interpretation of the Far East Suite, blending the sounds of the jazz orchestra with musical instruments and concepts from Iran, Japan, and China.
Anthony Brown's musical career, spanning performance, composition, and education, dates back to the 1970's. A San Francisco native of Japanese and African/Native American descent who grew up around the world as an "Army brat," Dr. Brown has developed a unique compositional and performance voice reflective of his own intercultural heritage and experiences. His work in the early 1980's with the pioneering San Francisco-based jazz quartet, United Front, sparked an interest in blending non-Western compositional approaches and instruments with traditional jazz idioms and improvisation that he is still developing today.
Featured on this CD: Anthony Brown: director, conductor, drumset with pedal tom, gong; Louis Fasman: trumpet, fluegelhorn; Mark Izu: bass, sheng (mouth organ); Jon Jang: piano; Qi Chao Liu: sheng, suona (reed trumpet), dizi (bamboo flute); Melecio Magdaluyo: alto and baritone saxophones; Dave Martell: trombone; Hafez Modirzadeh: tenor and alto saxophones, alto clarinet, ney (end-blown flute), karna and goshme (Persian double reed instruments), daf (frame drum); Jim Norton: clarinet, alto and baritone saxophones, bassoon, piccolo; Wayne Wallace: trombone; Francis Wong: tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet; John Worley: trumpet, fluegelhorn.