David Binney: Explaining What's Hidden


Explaining What's Hidden


David Binney (alto sax)


Third Occasion (Mythology MR0006)

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David Binney (alto sax), Craig Taborn (piano), Brian Blade (drums),

Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet), Brad Mason (trumpet, flugelhorn), Corey King, Andy Hunter (trombones)


Composed by David Binney


Recorded: Brooklyn, NY, August and December 2008


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

I am struck by the plethora of talented young saxophonists today, many of whom have developed their own cult-like following. Having studied with the great Phil Woods would certainly be credentials enough for any listener to pay attention to David Binney's work. Yet no matter how commanding the grasp, technique does not in itself mark a maturing player coming into his own. With this release, Binney shows an interesting and developing compositional acumen as well.

On "Explaining What's Hidden," he combines a free-flowing and complex melody line with the textural use of a talented horn section to frame his musical palette. Deftly backed by the rhythm section of bassist Scott Coley and the ever-creative drummer Brian Blade, Binney explores the reaches of ensemble music in this short and tightly crafted piece. Binney's horn can have a yearning sound that offers great expression. Here he is succinct and wistfully delicate in his solo, allowing for a brief but potent statement. Pianist Craig Taborn takes center stage with a solo that is marvelously fluid, while Blade perfectly complements every move with perfectly timed punctuation. Overall, Binney's talent at ensemble composition is hidden no more.

Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello

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