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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Convergence Quartet: Owl Jacket

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Owl Jacket forms the fourth release over a nine year period from the Convergence Quartet. At the outset, few would have predicted that it would become a going concern, uniting as it did two unknown young English improvisers in pianist Alexander Hawkins and bassist Dominic Lash and two of the brighter emerging talents on the New York scene in cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum and drummer Harris Eisenstadt. But the outfit's continued survival demonstrates not only persistence but also commitment to ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Convergence Quartet: Slow And Steady

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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 ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Convergence Quartet: Cambridge, UK, November 9, 2011

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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 ...

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The Convergence Quartet: Song/Dance (Blues)

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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 ...

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Taylor Ho Bynum and Harris Eisenstadt in London: A Second Anglo/American Convergence

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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 ...


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