David Binney: Welcome to Life (2004)
Meanwhile, "Our Time Together" shifts pace as a soulful ballad that demonstrates Binney is not only capable of swinging in the hard bop tradition, but he's equally comfortable reciting an ethereal musical poem. "California" continues the group's mellow vibe, with Binney, Taborn, and Colley providing the formidable foundation. Airy and fresh, "California" is draped in serenity, albeit with several rock-laced lines by Rogers.
The nine selections of Welcome to Life are glaringly different and interesting melodically. I do wish, however, that Binney had an opportunity to stretch out more. For example, he cooks mercilessly on "Frez," exhibiting a range of passion and musical tenacity that no other track matches. Otherwise, Welcome to Life is a harmonically consistent, fluid venture that demonstrates Binney's alto acumen, particularly his sensibility of surrounding himself with tremendous support.
Track Listing: Soldifolier/ Welcome to Life/ Lisliel/ Frez/ Our Time Together/ Sintra/ Enchantress/ Ici/ California.
Personnel: David Binney- alto sax; Chris Potter- tenor sax; Craig Tabornpiano; Adam Rogers- guitar; Scott Colley- bass; Brian Blade- drums.
Record Label: Mythology Records