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Cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum's craft and expansive ideological stance is firmly implanted within a modern day who's who list of cutting-edge stylists, where preconceived boundaries are slashed into fragments. With his long-running affiliation with famed multi-reedman and composer Anthony Braxton
, the artist abides by a no-holds-barred belief, immersed in semi-structured musical persuasions.
Bynum plays tricks with one's psyche throughout this commissioned four-part suite. On "Part III: Source," the sextet pulls out the proverbial stops, highlighting Bynum's fertile imagination tactics. The cornetist straddles the avant-garde via abstract undertones, odd-metered bop, scrappy improvisational segments and more, while guitarist Mary Halvorson
's outlandish voicings, detuned notes, and reverse-engineering metrics offer a surrealistic edge.
Bynum doesn't always reside within a dissonant mold. There are coordinated melodic horns choruses and ample soloing space amid the contrasting factors and movements designed with intersecting, geometric sound-sculpting motifs and shadowy atmospherics. The cornetist's brazen and compact lines, also featuring bass trombonist Bill Lowe