David Binney
A Glimpse Of The Eternal
Criss Cross Jazz, 2022

 
February 4, 2022

David Binney’s latest album is a project that ranges between contemporary, avant-garde and classic jazz sounds.

Among the best known American saxophonists and a member of groups such as Lost Tribe, Jagged Sky, and Lan Xiang; David Binney has been a session man for artists such as Medeski, Martin & Wood, Bill Frisell, Brian Blade, and many others. He has recently released his latest solo album, A Glimpse of the Eternal, for Criss Cross.

Helped by Craig Taborn on piano, Elvind Opsvik on double bass and Dan Weiss on drums, Binney has organized the tracklist to include songs alternating between a contemporary sound with a strong melodic component (especially the melodies “Our Place”, “In a Way”, and the wonderful ballad “Ambivalence”) and compositions with a more iconoclastic character that explore avant-garde and free territories (“Vibe Changer”, “Craig 2”, “The Cat and the Moon”). There are also songs that refer to the more well-known worlds of classic jazz (“Nightfall” or the swinging “I Had the Craziest Dream”).

Despite being very well played (the quartet is stunning and the level of performances is high), the record does not have a clear direction or cohesion. But this could very well be the factor that makes you love it! Regardless, it is an album worth listening to.
(EM)

 

 

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