David Binney: Squares and Palaces


Squares and Palaces


David Binney (alto sax)


Third Occasion (Mythology MR 0006)

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

Ambrose Akinmusire, Brad Mason, Corey King, Andy Hunter (brass section)


Composed by David Binney


Recorded: Brooklyn, NY, August and December 2008


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

Saxophonist David Binney's composition has an air of mystery and intrigue. It could make a good movie soundtrack for one of those slow nighttime chase scenes that take place on foot rather than in speeding prop cars. There are lots of corners and shadows to navigate in the dark city. One eye is always looking behind you while the other glances down to make sure you don't trip. This atmosphere is skillfully evoked by Scott Colley's tentative but wily bass. He is soon joined by Binney's short unison bursts. It is all quite surreptitious until drummer Brian Blade tries to lose the pursuer(s) by launching distracting fusillades. Binney and his band think some free jazz may throw the bad guys off the trail. Well, maybe that won't work. A calmer blues may be the best thing to do. You know. Let's confuse them. Maybe they will walk right past us. Yeah, that worked! Music that doesn't tell a story is not good. "Squares and Palaces" goes right to the plot without any opening credits. You may hear a different tale than me. But there are a thousand stories in the Naked City and mine is just one.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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  • 1 Faith Clouden // Mar 02, 2009 at 03:24 PM
    I'm looking for a great jazz Saxophonist to do a surprise piece at my husban's 60th birthday party, it this someting you'll do?