All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

75

David Bindman Ensemble: Sunset Park Polyphony

Karl Ackermann By

Sign in to view read count
Jazz is at the forefront of the cultural renewal taking place in Brooklyn, and saxophonist David Bindman has been a quiet but leading force in that movement. Sunset Park Polyphony brings together members of the stellar quartet that last recorded under the leadership of percussionist Royal Hartigan on Blood Drum Spirit: Royal Hartigan Ensemble Live in China (Innova, 2008), with Bindman extending the original group to a sextet with the addition of the brilliant trombonist Reut Regev and trumpeter Frank London. The addition of these two horns gives the ensemble a different feel, as the sound alternates between lush and powerful.

Those familiar with Bindman's earlier work with saxophonist Fred Ho, bassist Joe Fonda and his Brooklyn Sax Quartet know that he is very adept as an improviser. The free jazz approach plays a somewhat greater part in Sunset Park Polyphony, compared to Bindman's prior work with Hartigan. "Shape One" opens the set as a vivid and unpredictable statement that never rests and features an inspired solo from pianist Art Hirahara. "Long Line Home" and the adjacent title track flow together in an additive process where fundamental harmonies are overlapped with complex patterns.

"Robeson House" opens cinematically and then accelerates, as Hartigan builds the tension using the whole drum kit. At almost thirteen minutes, the piece is a platform for Bindman's considerable skill as a composer. Drawing on complex time signatures he blends global influences so that no one reference point dominates the piece more than the emotion of the players. In contrast, "The Transient" features some very nice horn harmonies from Bindman, Regev and London, reminiscent of Colin Towns' Mask Orchestra. Hartigan's contribution, as well as bassist Wes Brown, is often so subtle that it is easy to miss its complexity and importance in moving through the labyrinth of Bindman's compositions.

With Bindman's wealth of musical experience, it would be easy to lose pure spontaneity, but Sunset Park Polyphony consistently possesses an organic feel. Bindman and the ensemble imbue the spirit of enjoyment even as they adhere to an implication of social responsibility. They relate stories that are held together by collective musical memories. The ensemble's wide range of cultural appreciation is not a euphemism for world music. This is exceptionally creative jazz, at times played with great subtlety and sometimes with wild abandon.

Track Listing: CD1: Shape One; Long Line Home; Sunset Park Polyphony; Robeson House Echoes. CD2: The Transient; Singing Bird Melody; Icarus Flies Towards the Sun and Returns; Invisible Dance; Singing Bird Reprise; Recurring Dream; Unspoken; Robeson House Reprise.

Personnel: David Bindman: tenor saxophone; Wes Brown: bass; Art Hirahara: piano; Royal Hartigan: drums; Frank London: trumpet; Reut Regev: trombone.

Title: Sunset Park Polyphony | Year Released: 2012 | Record Label: Self Produced

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read Paul Heller Meets Roman Schwaller CD/LP/Track Review
Paul Heller Meets Roman Schwaller
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 18, 2018
Read Change In The Air CD/LP/Track Review
Change In The Air
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: September 18, 2018
Read Vera CD/LP/Track Review
Vera
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: September 18, 2018
Read In Motion CD/LP/Track Review
In Motion
by Roger Farbey
Published: September 18, 2018
Read Marshian Time Slip CD/LP/Track Review
Marshian Time Slip
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: September 18, 2018
Read Four On The Road CD/LP/Track Review
Four On The Road
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: September 17, 2018
Read "Three Pictures" CD/LP/Track Review Three Pictures
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: June 23, 2018
Read "Peaks of Light" CD/LP/Track Review Peaks of Light
by Mark Sullivan
Published: March 18, 2018
Read "One of a Kind" CD/LP/Track Review One of a Kind
by Troy Dostert
Published: October 3, 2017
Read "Baby It's Cold Outside" CD/LP/Track Review Baby It's Cold Outside
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 13, 2017
Read "Tag Book" CD/LP/Track Review Tag Book
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: November 19, 2017
Read "New Road: Iowa Memoirs" CD/LP/Track Review New Road: Iowa Memoirs
by Jack Bowers
Published: May 13, 2018