209

David Binney: South

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
David Binney: South While saxophonist/composer David Binney has made a significant contribution to modern jazz with his involvement in the high-octane New York City-based outfit "Lan Xang," amid fine recordings on his "Mythology" label and numerous high profile session dates, the artist has eluded widespread recognition. However, Binney has steadily constructed a budding reputation as a strong composer who possesses a praiseworthy technique whether performing on alto or soprano saxophone. With his latest effort titled South, the saxophonist reaps the good fortunes of an all-star aggregation of solo artists and first call session aces.

On works such as "Out Beyond Ideas" and "Moment In Memory," Binney shines forth as a gifted melody maker who melds blistering and concisely stated notes with an often silken edge. Here and throughout, the leader and tenor saxophonist, Chris Potter makes for a vicious front-line attack as their respective styles offer a bit of contrast and counterpoint to the altogether bustling crosscurrents. The piece titled, "Leaving The Sea" boasts climactic opuses in concert with the saxophonists' rippling notes and soulful discourses in conjunction with guitarist Adam Rogers' fleet-fingered single note leads.—Binney and pianist Uri Caine surge forward with zealous aplomb atop drummer Jim Black's propulsive rock/funk pyrotechnics on, "Von Joshua," whereas the band perpetuates stimulating choruses, oscillating rhythms, lush harmonies, and inviting lyricism on "Southpaw."

Overall, there is no hint of filler material or aimless jamming on this wonderfully orchestrated recording, as Binney and co. utilizes space and depth to their advantage. No doubt, the best of both worlds coalesce for a joyful union of spiraling dialogue and tail spinning musicianship. Hence, Binney's potent compositional pen and the ensemble's torrid interplay provide the recipe for one of the year's finest modern jazz-based outings! Highly recommended.

Act Music

*Watch for the August 2001 All About Jazz.com review of "David Binney & Edward Simon's"—Afinidad


Track Listing: Out Beyond Ideas; Moment In Memory; the Global Soul; Leaving In The Sea; Von Joshua; Traveler; New York Nature; Southpaw; The Global Sound; Tangles Outcome; South

Personnel: David Binney; alto & soprano saxophones: Chris Potter; tenor saxophone: Adam Rogers; guitars: Uri Caine; piano: Scott Colley; bass: Brian Blade; drums: Jim Black; drums (tracks 5&10)

| Record Label: ACT Music | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop

CD/LP/Track Review
Extended Analysis
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Chris Potter Chris Potter
reeds
Dave Douglas Dave Douglas
trumpet
Enrico Rava Enrico Rava
trumpet
Brian Blade Brian Blade
drums
Joshua Redman Joshua Redman
saxophone
Dave Liebman Dave Liebman
saxophone
Branford Marsalis Branford Marsalis
saxophone
Mark Turner Mark Turner
sax, tenor
Donny McCaslin Donny McCaslin
saxophone

More Articles

Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark CD/LP/Track Review The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Les Deux Versants Se Regardent CD/LP/Track Review Les Deux Versants Se Regardent
by John Sharpe
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Molto Bene CD/LP/Track Review Molto Bene
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Fellowship CD/LP/Track Review Fellowship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2017
Read E.S.T. Symphony CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 22, 2017
Read "Laughing At Life" CD/LP/Track Review Laughing At Life
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: January 27, 2017
Read "Father Figure" CD/LP/Track Review Father Figure
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 3, 2016
Read "Un Viaje" CD/LP/Track Review Un Viaje
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: March 7, 2016
Read "Unfolding In Tempo" CD/LP/Track Review Unfolding In Tempo
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: October 6, 2016
Read "The Space Between" CD/LP/Track Review The Space Between
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 22, 2016
Read "In Movement" CD/LP/Track Review In Movement
by Karl Ackermann
Published: May 4, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!