Fred Ho / The Green Monster Big Band

Year of the Tiger

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To approximate the first half of Fred Ho's album Year of the Tiger, it's necessary to imagine the sound that might be created if the members of Duke Ellington & His Orchestra were mixed with the players from Parliament/Funkadelic and set loose on the Michael Jackson and Jimi Hendrix catalogs. That's right, songs like "Thriller" and "Purple Haze" get severely retrofitted into an aggressive, irreverent jazz-funk style, with harsh, massed horn parts. Sometimes, the sound resembles a couple of high-school marching bands fighting it out on the same football field. In the second part of the album, Ho takes a more conventional jazz approach, that is, if "conventional" can be taken to mean a post-bop big-band style in which a horn ensemble is employed for avant-garde purposes. And then there's the children's chorus that pipes up on the Oriental-styled "Hero Among Heroes." This is ambitious, challenging jazz, occasionally made somewhat more accessible by the leader's evident zany sense of humor.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 4:05 Amazon
2 5:05 Amazon
3 4:35 Amazon
4 11:08 Amazon
feat: Jimi Hendrix
3:32 Amazon
feat: Jimi Hendrix
4:57 Amazon
7 3:46 Amazon
8 2:28 Amazon
9 6:32 Amazon
10 2:53 Amazon
11 3:06 Amazon
12 3:22 Amazon
13 6:02 Amazon
14 8:00 Amazon
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