It might just be that the third record from the Transatlantic Convergence Quartet is its best yet. Recorded live at north London's Vortex at the conclusion of a short British tour, the band was firing on all cylinders. Not that its previous two outings were in any way remiss. Live In Oxford (FMR, 2007) documented a foursome still getting to know each other, while Song Dance (Clean Feed, 2010) delved into a dizzying range of options for common ground. Comprising four strong composers who are also talented improvisers, a group identity has gradually become manifest; drawing on both the jazz ...read more
Convergence QuartetChurchill CollegeCambridge, UKNovember 9, 2011 What began as a one-off invitation, requiring no little chutzpah, shows all the signs of developing an enduring life. Following by multi-instrumentalist/composer Anthony Braxton's >quintet at the 2004 London Jazz Festival, British pianist Alexander Hawkins and bassist Dominic Lash invited cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum--a key member of Braxton's group--along with Canadian drummer Harris Eisenstadt, already familiar from a sojourn in London, to join them in a transatlantic congregation. And so, the Convergence Quartet was born. The group's first trip proved so successful that it spawned both a fascinating document--Live ...read more
The Convergence QuartetSong/Dance (Blues)Clean Feed2010 It must have seemed like a long shot when the young British pair of pianist Alexander Hawkins and bassist Dominic Lash invited two illustrious north Americans, cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum and drummer Harris Eisenstadt, to join them for a series of dates back in the fall of 2006. But now after two subsequent tours under the banner of the Convergence Quartet, the foursome is forging its own distinct identity. Its second disc continues the format found on Live In Oxford (FMR, 2007). Each member brings charts to ...read more
Convergence Quartet The Vortex London, U.K. April 27, 2009
Last sighted on these shores in the autumn of 2006, the success of the Convergence Quartet 's inaugural meeting has now borne the fruit of a further tour for cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum, drummer Harris Eisenstadt, and the up-and-coming English pairing of pianist Alexander Hawkins and bassist Dominic Lash. Since the band's first concert, Bynum has moved ever further from the Braxton penumbra to become an active and prolific leader stateside, while Eisenstadt balances bounteous collaborations with leadership dates like the ...read more
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