Billy Bang ‎– Outline No. 12

CBS/Sony ‎– 25AP 2756, Celluloid ‎– 25AP 2756
Vinyl, LP, Album


A1 Seeing Together 13:29
A2 Outline No. 12 7:01
B Conception 19:01

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"This music is some of the most adventurous and challenging I have done to date. I have attempted to write in musical curves prior to this recording, but not for nearly as many instruments. I believe this is only the beginning, the prototype for a much larger and involved body of work. These compositions enabled me to better understand the styles of phrase-length writing, polyphonic texture, and atonal group articulation.

I must take my hat off to Mr. Lawrence "Butch" Morris, who faithfully conducted and interpreted the compositions. From the beginning of the recording, Butch was in complete control, inserting all the appropriate dynamics, to better accentuate the character and colors of the music. Butch spiritually brought out the virtuosity of all the musicians, in both written and improvised sections.

It was my good fortune to know the musicians personally before we undertook this project. This enabled me to write within the range of the musicians' personalities. This concept is not new, it has been used by composers and arrangers from Duke Ellington to Sun Ra, but it does allow an effective musicial vision to develop. To achieve the proper balance between written and free techniques, I needed musicians equally proficient in both categories. (...)" Billy Bang

Recorded at OAO Studio, Brooklyn, NYC, July 1982

Manufactured by CBS/Sony Inc (Tokyo/Japan)
Japanese Pressing includes insert with liner notes in Japanese.

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  • Rights Society: JASRAC

Other Versions (5 of 5) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CELL 5004 Billy Bang Outline No. 12(LP, Album) Celluloid CELL 5004 US 1983 Sell This Version
CELCD 5004 Billy Bang Outline No.12(CD, Album, RE) Celluloid CELCD 5004 US Unknown Sell This Version
CEL 6704 Billy Bang Outline No. 12(LP, Album) Celluloid CEL 6704 France 1982 Sell This Version
none Billy Bang Outline No.12(3xFile, ALAC, Album, RE, RM) Not On Label (Bill Laswell Self-Released) none US 2017
CDGR 256 Billy Bang Outline No.12(CD, Album, RE) Charly Records CDGR 256 Europe 1998 Sell This Version