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David Binney: Graylen Epicenter

Read "Graylen Epicenter" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Undoubtedly one of the great alto saxophonists, David Binney's reputation as an original, exciting composer has also grown steadily since his debut recording, Point Game (Owl Records, 1989). Binney is so prolific a musician that it's sometimes hard to stay abreast of his current projects. However, there is little chance of Graylen Epicenter going unnoticed. With ...

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David Binney: Graylen Epicenter

Read "Graylen Epicenter" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Alto saxophonist and producer David Binney has become a ubiquitous presence in jazz in the last 20 years fronting his own bands while appearing with Donny McCaslin, Uri Caine, Joel Harrison, Edward Simon and Bobby Previte. He might be considered the logical next step in jazz saxophone after Wayne Shorter and Michael Brecker (Sonny Rollins remains ...

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David Binney: Graylen Epicenter

Read "Graylen Epicenter" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

19th-century German novelist Berthold Auerbach is long forgotten by the masses in modern day society, but his best-known quote about music, “Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life," still lives on but pays no mind to the fact that some of the finest music can be reflective of everyday life.

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David Binney: Graylen Epicenter

Read "Graylen Epicenter" reviewed by Troy Collins

Saxophonist, composer and producer David Binney, a progressive artist with one foot in the mainstream and the other in the avant-garde, has gracefully skirted the tenuous divide between traditions for over two decades. Regularly alternating between semi-casual blowing dates and far more ambitious projects, Binney follows up the relatively straight-ahead Aliso (Criss Cross, 2010) and lavish ...

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David Binney: Graylen Epicenter

Read "Graylen Epicenter" reviewed by John Kelman

Even with artists whose eyes are always on a dangling carrot that keeps them moving relentless forward, there are albums where quantum leaps are made. Since 2005, alto saxophonist/composer David Binney has been alternating between small ensemble, inherently quick-and-dirty sessions for the Dutch Criss Cross label like Aliso (2010) and more ambitious projects on his own ...