By Anthony Brown's Orchestra
Ten celebrates the culmination of a decade of music making by the Asian American Orchestra and showcases the musical breadth of the Orchestra’s repertoire, from original works by Anthony Brown to the Orchestra’s internationally acclaimed reinterpretations of classics by Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Thelonious Monk, George Gershwin and Charles Mingus.
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: drumset, percussion; Danny Bittker: steel pans, reeds; Georgia Brown: percussion; Will Bernard: guitar; Louis Fasman: trumpet, fluegelhorn; Henry Hung: trumpet, fluegelhorn; Mark Izu: bass, Chinese mouth organ; Jon Jang: piano; Qi Chao Liu: Chinese flute, mouth organ, reed trumpet; Masaru Koga: reeds; Melecio Magdaluyo: reeds; Dave Martell: trombone, tuba; Marcia Miget: reeds; Hafez Modirzadeh: reeds; Jim Norton: reeds; Wayne Wallace: trombone; Hong Wang: Chinese viola, violin, flute, mouth organ; John Worley: trumpet, fluegelhorn; Francis Wong: reeds; Yangqin Zhao: Chinese hammered dulcimer. Special Guests: Steve Lacy: soprano sax, Frank Martin: piano, David Murray: bass clarinet, San Jose Taiko: percussion, Ganqin Zhao: Chinese hammered dulcimer.