From the rings of Haynes cornet on opening track "Turandot Overture and excerpt from Act III," you'll be invited to his kinetic and organic soundscape rich in color and texture. Here, the mighty brass instrumentation is paired with a sonic drum 'n' bass explosion and electronic noise for a unique exploration into a brave new world of sound. When the chaos let's up, Haynes delivers a lush, jazzy lullaby in the form of "Circle One." LaTanya Hall's poignant vocals perfectly complement the soothing horns and jagged drums creating a compelling musical journey. A world of contrasts follows next with the ensuing tracks "1st Quadrant" and "Quartet Circle." Heavy-duty bass, powerful breakbeat drums and stray horns help to complete a powerful and scattered "1st Quadrant," but Haynes brings it back to a calm place thanks to the gorgeous harpsichord that drips prominently over "Quartet Circle." There's something beautiful, yet ominous about this track. At its essence, this is the formula for the entire album - a back and forth between civility and complexity - Haynes' way to keep the listeners on their toes.
About the Artist
Graham Haynes was born with a rich tradition of music in his veins. The Hollis, Queens native is the son of veteran Jazz drummer Roy Haynes; best known for his associations with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Chick Corea, and Pat Metheny among others. Although he grew up around jazz musicians and is considered an innovator on cornet and flugelhorn, the younger Haynes aspired to push jazz beyond its traditional boundaries. This expansion beyond a jazz norm focuses on pairing up the cornet with technology to create imaginative and subtle sonic environments. But unlike other acts that pair together digital and analog instruments, Haynes manages to retain a rich and affecting vibe with his music. The cornet stands tall amongst everything else, providing a level of expression that humanizes and enhances the synthetic sounds.