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Taylor Ho Bynum

Taylor Ho Bynum is a performer on cornet and various brass instruments, composer, bandleader, and interdisciplinary collaborator with artists in dance, film, and theater.

Critics have called him “a young brass master and compelling composer” (Jon Garelick, Boston Phoenix), “one of the most exciting figures in jazz’s new power generation” (Steve Dollar,Time Out Chicago), and “one of his generation’s top avant-garde figures” (Phillip Lutz, The New York Times). In City Arts, David Adler writes “Bynum is a quick-witted and virtuosic player, steeped in the flutters, growls and extended techniques associated with the late {{m: Bill Dixon = 6301}}, the tunefulness of {{m: Don Cherry = 5668}} and bluesy humor of {{Lester Bowie}}”; in the Guardian (UK) John Fordam describes his playing as “splicing the slurs and bluesy elisions of the earliest jazz brass players into the spiky phrasing and rhythm- pattern conundrums of contemporary music.” Bynum leads his Sextet and the chamber ensemble Spider Monkey Strings, co-leads the little big band Positive Catastrophe, works with such collective ensembles as the {{m: Tomas Fujiwara = 26053}}/Taylor Ho Bynum Duo, The Thirteenth Assembly, Book of Three, and The Convergence Quartet, and performs with artists including {{m: Jason Kao Hwang = 14162}}, {{Myra Melford}}, {{m: Joe Morris = 9614}}, {{m: Tyshawn Sorey = 15346}} and {{Cecil Taylor}}. Bynum’s ongoing association with {{m: Anthony Braxton = 5267}} is recognized as one of the most fruitful partnerships of that iconic composer’s long career, and his work with Bill Dixon produced some of the departed trumpet innovator’s late masterpieces.

Digging. Reflections on Jazz and Blues

Label: Felmay
Released: 2020
Track listing: Digging; Disk Dosk; Transizioni Morbide; The Blessed Prince 1st Movement; The Blessed Prince 2nd Movement; San Frediano; The Blessed Prince 3rd Movement; Blues P; Reflections on Jazz and Blues.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mary Halvorson's Code Girl: Artlessly Falling

Read "Artlessly Falling" reviewed by Vic Albani

Esistono due donne nel mondo del jazz moderno che hanno mostrato di conoscere e capire in toto il genio musicale di Robert Wyatt. La prima, molto tempo fa e quindi in tempi non sospetti, è stata Carla Bley e non c'è altro da aggiungere. La seconda, che è invece colei di cui vogliamo scrivere, è Mary ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Emanuele Parrini Quintet feat. Taylor Ho Bynum: Digging. Reflections on Jazz and Blues

Read "Digging. Reflections on Jazz and Blues" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Con questo nuovo disco, registrazione live di un concerto tenutosi a Padova il 17 febbraio 2017, Emanuele Parrini completa il lungo e articolato percorso condotto negli ultimi anni e che aveva avuto per tappe i tre dischi di Viaggio al centro del violino. La formazione e, in gran parte, il materiale tematico della musica sono i ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

A dialogo con Emanuele Parrini

Read "A dialogo con Emanuele Parrini" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Emanuele Parrini è il più significativo interprete (non solo) nostrano del violino jazz. Membro storico del Dinamitri Jazz Folklore, già violinista dell'Italian Instabile Orchestra, collaboratore di molte formazioni (Nexus, l'orchestra di Dino Betti van der Noot, il quartetto di Cene Resnik), leader di un proprio quartetto con il quale ha realizzato nel 2016 l'eccellente The Blessed ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 5

Read "A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 5" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Back to popular demand! Here's some more musical therapy for these trying times, the fifth installment of this popular mix-tape series, featuring selections by Tim Berne, Theo Bleckmann, Stefano Bollani, Tommaso Cappellato, Taylor Ho Bynum, Dominique Fils-Aimé, Mats Gustaffson, Maya Keren, Brad Mehldau, Aaron Parks, Rosa Brunello and Ben Wendel. Happy listening! Stay safe ...

AACM: Together We Are Stronger

Read "AACM: Together We Are Stronger" reviewed by Chris May

With the passing in 2017 of the pianist Muhal Richard Abrams and trumpeter Phil Cohran, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, formed in Chicago in 1965, lost the last two of the four musicians who organised its inaugural meeting. But with two succeeding generations of standard bearers stepping up to the plate, the AACM ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Taylor Ho Bynum 9-tette: The Ambiguity Manifesto

Read "The Ambiguity Manifesto" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

All'interno della generazione di musicisti che si sono formati con Anthony Braxton negli anni Novanta, studiando presso di lui alla Wesleyan University e collaborando ai suoi lavori di quel periodo, Taylor Ho Bynum spicca insieme a Mary Halvorson per versatilità dinamica e dovizia progettuale. Bynum, nel periodo in cui ha diretto la Tri-Centric Foundation, dal 2010-2018, ...

The Ambiguity Manifesto

Label: Firehouse 12 Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Neither When nor Where; Enter Ally; Real/Unreal (for Ursula K. Le Guin); (G)host(aa/ab); Enter (g) Neither; Ally Enter; Unreal/Real (for old music).

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

AVA Trio: Digging the Sand

Read "Digging the Sand" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In 2017 the AVA Trio released their debut album Music from an Imaginary Land (Tritone Records) and promptly made their mark by earning spots on several year-end polls. That inaugural release was a unique amalgamation of ethnic influences and free improvisation. With the release of Digging the Sand, the group continues to mine the imagination and ...


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