TEN represents the culmination of a decade of music making by the Asian American Orchestra. Originally founded in 1998 with federal funds for a national education program on the Japanese American internment experience, the Orchestra has since garnered international acclaim for it's unique sound blending Asian instruments and sensibilities with the sonorities and improvisation of jazz. This compilation features the musical breadth of the Orchestra's repertoire, from original works to reinterpretations of classics by Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Thelonious Monk, George Gershwin and Charles Mingus. Anthony Brown -- drumset, percussion, conductor; Danny Bittker -- steel pans, reeds (2-5); Georgia Brown -- percussion (3); Will Bernard -- guitar (2-3); Louis Fasman - trumpet, fluegelhorn (2-5, 7-9, 11-13); Henry Hung - trumpet, fluegelhorn (1, 2-5, 10); Mark Izu - bass, Chinese mouth organ; Jon Jang - piano (11, 13-15); Qi Chao Liu - Chinese flute, mouth organ, reed trumpet (12-15); Masaru Koga - reeds (2-5); Melecio Magdaluyo - reeds; Dave Martell -- trombone, tuba (2-5, 7-9, 11-13); Marcia Miget - reeds (1-5, 10); Hafez Modirzadeh - reeds (7-9, 11-15); Jim Norton - reeds (2-5, 7-9, 11-13); Wayne Wallace - trombone; Hong Wang - Chinese viola, violin, flute, mouth organ (3-5, 7-9); Francis Wong - reeds (7-9, 11-15); John Worley - trumpet, fluegelhorn (7-9, 11-15); Yangqin Zhao - Chinese hammered dulcimer (3-6, 8-10). With Special Guests: Steve Lacy -- soprano sax (9, 10), Frank Martin - piano (1, 4, 6, 10), David Murray -- bass clarinet (4), San Jose Taiko - percussion (15), Ganqin Zhao - Chinese hammered dulcimer (3). Arranged by Anthony Brown except (8) by Wayne Wallace; assisted by Will Bernard, Dave Martell (3), Frank Martin (6, 10), Jim Norton (1, 7). Produced by Anthony Brown Graphic concept: Anthony Brown, Graphic layout and design: David Barker. Archival photo of Anthony Brown's parents, Tokyo, 1950. Orchestra photo: Kathy Sloane. CD mastered by Michael Romanowski in San Francisco on July 13, 2008.
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