Album Remarks & Appraisals:
The music draws upon examples like Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor, and Sun Ra (with members of the ensemble having worked with all those legends), but also displays influences including Charles Ives, Prince, Bjork, and Duke Ellington - it is both avant-garde and surprising accessible.
Recent Praise for Taylor Ho Bynum:
"One of the freshest and most innovative voices composing and playing music today" (Josephine Reed, NEA Arts Magazine)
"A provocateur in the guise of a consensus builder" (Nate Chinen, The New York Times)
"[Bynum's music] conveys a sense...of mini-events that coalesce into a drama which, thanks to his alluring compositions and inspiring leadership, isn't just that of musicians at work; it's the entire tradition, casting its own challenging spotlight on them as they create, knowingly, humbly, but freely and proudly." (Richard Brody, The New Yorker)
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