The Multi-Tasking State of David Binney 2010
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Over The Clouds
Binney joins company with Turkish bassist Alper Yilmaz for the edgiest offering of these three discs. Yilmaz (with Binney) is already well known to the jazz community from his 2007 recording Clashes (Kayique Records). Virtuosic in the vein of Jaco Pastorius, yet refined and low-key like John Patitucci, Yilmaz flexes his creative muscles in such a way as not to show off. He presents a fully considered and conceptualized music that immediately speaks for itself.
Guitarist Nir Felder provides the harmony instrument normally reserved for keyboards in a jazz ensemble, redefining said position as one of fractal generation. The relationship among instruments and instrumentalists on Over The Clouds is one of post-modern, de-constructionist counterpoint, J. S. Bach and Peyote buttons. Binney and Yilmaz spar on "Yet" like Coltrane and Rashied Ali did on their lengthy recitations on Interstellar Space (Impulse!, 1974).
The disc can be summed up in the brilliant 11 minutes of "Misir with Grandma," where the entire band solos separately beginning with Binney, whose soliloquy is both thoughtful and probing. This is saxophone at the outer reaches. Guitarist Felder provides various electrical effects in the background at just a low enough signal to noise ratio to create anxiety. Binney and Felder then duet with Yilmaz adding the nervous element. Then Yilmaz bares his Turkish soul with a wandering melodic and harmonic section that integrates what seems to otherwise be the disjointed collection of free jazz musical parts.
David Binney is proving to be jazz's Everyman: always available and always creative. Like pianist Edward Simon, Binney shares a special empathy with Yilmaz, one that will continue of pay dividends with each recording session.
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Tracks and Personnel
Tracks: Aliso; Day in Music; Toy Tune; Strata; Teru; Fuchsia Swing Song; Bar Life; Think of One; Africa.
Personnel: David Binney: alto saxophone; Wayne Krantz: guitar; Jacob Sacks; John Escreet; Eivind Opsvik; Dan Weiss.
Tracks: Sabor Carioca; From the Lonely Afternoons; De Ton Pra Tom; Xibaba; Contemplação; Pro Zeca; Amphibious; Ninho Da Vespa.
Personnel: David Binney: alto and soprano saxophones; Helio Alves: piano; David Ambrosio: acoustic bass; Dende: percussion; Adrianos Santos: drums and percussion.
Over the Clouds
Tracks: Yet; Flughafen; Mir With Grandma; Her Waves; Straight Up; Cagdas' Tuner; Perplexity; Over The Clouds.
Personnel: Alper Yilmaz: electric basses, sound design, loops; David Binney: alto saxophone; Nir Felder: guitars, effects; Bodek Janke: drums, percussion (1, 3, 4); Volkan Oktem: drums, percussion (2, 5, 7, 8); Aslihan Dermitas: voice (8); Tolga Tuzun: sound design (8).