Musings on Improvisation and Originality with David Binney

David Binney

As one of jazz music’s leading voices on alto sax, David Binney’s musical vision is constantly shifting and expanding whether it’s in the realm of playing, composing or producing, Having played with giants such as Gil Evans, Maria Schneider, Jim Hall, Brian Blade, and Mark Turner, David was also a co-founder of the hard-edged quintet “Lost Tribe.” He has recorded well over a dozen albums as leader or co-leader.

Influenced by masters such as Coltrane, Miles, Bobby Hutcherson,Wayne Shorter and many others, David moved to New York at the age of 19 to play gigs and to study with Phil Woods, David Liebman, and George Coleman.

As a sideman, David has appeared on record with Medeski, Martin & Wood as well Uri Caine’s Mahler Project. In the realm of popular music, he’s appeared on stage with Aretha Franklin at Carnegie Hall, as well as Maceo Parker, to name just a few. He has produced all of his own albums in addition to two of the Lost Tribe releases.

Of his most recent album, Graylen Epicenter, Pat Metheny said, and I quote, “Dave has long been one of my favorite musicians. This may be the most complete example yet of his incredible talent as a composer and bandleader. Exceptional writing and playing all around.”

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