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David Binney: Underground Tremors

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AAJ: What are you doing gig-wise these days? Are you touring at all with the Graylen Epicenter lineup, or is this project already something that belongs to the past?

DB: That's hard to tour because just to get everybody together at the same time is a logistical nightmare [laughs]. Even getting the quartet of that together wasn't easy; we did the Newport Festival and we did a couple of other things last year with me and Brian [Blade], Craig [Taborn] and Eivind [Opsvik]. But I'm touring; I was in Ireland recently, where I was playing with some guys from Dublin, [bassist] Mick Coady, [drummer] Sean Carpio , [saxophonist] Michael Buckley and [pianist] Ivo Neame. They're really good players, and great guys. We did some gigs in Navan, Waterford and Dublin, and we did a recording.

I've just been in L.A. for three weeks, where I plan on spending a lot more time. I'm originally from there but I've spent the last 30 years in New York. I feel that there's something really happening in L.A., finally. There's a young thing happening and an opportunity thing starting to happen there and I want to be part of that, so I'm going to spend more time in Los Angeles. I'm touring with my own band on the West coast, and then I'm on the road in Europe for six weeks with [drummer] Antonio Sanchez, which is a new quartet.

AAJ: What are your recording movements these days?

I am working on another record with a French label, and I'm still working on that classical thing. The next record might be something totally different—it might be an electric record with [pianist] John Escreet, [bassist] Tim Lefebvre, and a young drummer out of L.A. named Louis Cole. I've got a lot of stuff going on.

AAJ: You'd have to be a pretty organized person, no?

DB: To some extent. It's funny that that's come about, because when I was younger I think I was the least organized person there was, but somehow in my life I've developed into being pretty organized [laughs]. You have to be, to keep a career in the arts together.

Selected Discography

David Binney, Barefooted Town (Criss Cross, 2011)
David Binney, Graylen Epicenter (Mythology, 2011)
Nguyen Le, Songs of Freedom (ACT, 2011)
Adrianos Santos Quintet, In Session (KingJazz AD Music, 2010)
David Binney, Aliso (Criss Cross, 2010)
Alper Yimaz, Over the Clouds (Kayique Records, 2010)
David Binney/Alan Ferber, In The Paint (Posi-Tone Records, 2009)
David Binney, Third Occasion (Mythology Records, 2009)
Vinicius Cantuaria, Cymbals (Koch, 2008)
David Binney/Edward Simon, Oceanos (Criss Cross, 2007)
David Binney, Out of Airplanes (Mythology Records, 2006)
David Binney, Cities and Desire (Criss Cross, 2006)
David Binney, Bastion of Sanity (Criss Cross, 2005)
David Binney, Welcome to Life (Mythology Records, 2004)
John Zorn, Voices in the Wilderness (Tzadik Records, 2003)
David Binney/Jeff Hirshfield, A Small Madness (Auand, 2003)
Chris Potter, Traveling Mercies (Universal Distribution, 2002)
David Binney, South (ACT Music, 2001)
Lan Xang, Hidden Garden (Naxos Record, 2000)
David Binney, Free to Dream (Mythology Records, 1999)
Uri Caine, Mahler: Urlicht/Primal Light (Winter & Winter, 1998)
Lost Tribe, Many Lifetimes (Arabesque Recording, 1998)
David Binney, Luxury of Guessing (Audioquest, 1995)
Lost Tribe, Lost Tribe (Windham Hill Records, 1993)
David Binney, Point Game (Owl, 1989)

Photo Credits
Page 1, 4: Courtesy of David Binney
Page 2, David Binney: Dave Kauffman
Page 2, Wayne Krantz: John Kelman
Page 3, Craig Taborn: John Sharpe
Page 3, Gretchen Parlato: Jonas Pryner Anderson
Page 5: John Kelman

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