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Graylen Epicenter

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Audio CD, January 12, 2011
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listen  2. Graylen Epicenter12:34Album Only
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listen  6. Terrorists and Movie Stars 7:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen10. Waking To Waves 5:32$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 12, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mythology Records
  • ASIN: B004IP9NJM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,114 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Musicians: David Binney-Alto,Soprano Saxophones,Vocal Gretchen Parlato-Vocal Ambrose Akinmusire-Trumpet Chris Potter-Tenor Saxophone Wayne Krantz-Guitars Eivind Opsvik-Bass Brian Blade-Drums tracks 1,2,3,4,6,8,9,10 Dan Weiss-Drums tracks 1,5,6,9,10 Kenny Wollesen-Percussion,Vibes Rogerio Boccato-Percussion Nina Geiger vocal harmony notes on 10. Recorded,Mixed and Mastered by Mike Marciano at Systems Two, Brooklyn, NY Visual Artist, Design by Howie Shia Thanks to all of the great musicians,Mike,Nancy and Joe at Systems Two, Howie Shia. Produced by David Binney


David Binney possesses one of the most original minds in contemporary music. - Stereophile Magazine. Add David Binney's dynamic voice on saxophone and his great writing to the chorus of creators re-invigorating jazz. - The Montreal Gazette. ...a strikingly original composer, leader, conceptualist. - DownBeat --Various

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By inner exile on February 24, 2011
Format: Audio CD
"Graylen Epicenter" turns out to be a natural continuation to/improvement on D. Binney's previous three offerings under his own label (Mythology: Welcome to Life 2004, Out of Airplanes 2006, Third Occasion 2009). Yet two drummers (Brian Blade & Dan Weiss) playing side by side on 4 tracks (#1, 6, 9-10) raises the entire performance to a new level of dynamic interaction -- and they duly kick off with a ferocious start. Add to that long-time collaborator Craig Taborn's exceptional accompaniment and sporadic solos (#1, 3) on piano and Eivind Opsvik's solid contribution on double bass, Gretchen Parlato's mostly wordless voice (#1-2, 4-5, 7-8, 10), plus the occasional appearance of Chris Potter (t. sax) and Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet). The original compositions may induce a variety of emotions along the spectrum, though quite often starting off or being of the restlessly seeking, feverishly agile kind, whereas at other times they lean towards soulful brooding.

Highlight parts, for me at least, are largely contained in the first 45-minute segment, featuring 5 tunes: the title song #2, with the entry of the three-member horn section and a blues-tinged solo from Wayne Krantz on electric guitar, is followed by the agitated romp 'equality at low levels' where Taborn's explorative exchange w/ Binney's alto sax blur is worthy of note. Not unlike the dark hued ascension #4 'everglow' and #5 'from this far' w/ its arco bass intro to what commences as an elusive ballad that turns around at 3.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nathan27 on January 7, 2012
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This isn't necessarily a "review" but I felt the need to post something on here. I don't normally write reviews (I have only done one Amazon review and that was Scott Colley's "Empire" like a year and a half ago). I know I am late in getting to this album as it is now a year old and I just bought it last night. I was first introduced to David Binney's music because I saw Brian Blade playing with him in a youtube clip and I kept replaying the video over and over and over again... until I had watched it for 3 hours straight and then it began to make sense to me and I understood the composition. It was beautifully complex, yet accessible. From the beginning David's music has challenged me as a listener, in a good way, in a way that makes me want to listen to his compositions over and over and over again because they are beautiful and deceptive and SURPRISING. I listened to a clip from Graylen Epicenter when it first came out and came to the conclusion that I was not ready to listen to it. There is nothing wrong with that. I used my own rational thought-process and common sense to determine that I had not listened to enough of David Binney's music, or other forward-thinking musicians for that matter, to develop enough musical schemas in order to truly appreciate this album. I bought "Third Occasion" because that was the quartet in the video I saw on youtube and it opened my mind to new musical possibilities. I listened to it every day for 6 months... then I bought "South"... same thing only 3 months this time. I moved onto "Affinidad" and lastly "Welcome to Life". These were the only Binney albums I had until last night when I bought this. I didn't listen to it until this morning at 6 when I woke up and got in the shower to get ready to go judge for All-State auditions.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Conklin on May 16, 2011
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This isn't necessarily David Binney's best CD--it's hard say which of his consistently fine albums is best--but it's probably his most ambitious (and perhaps most challenging). The overall sound and feel is often similar to his outstanding SOUTH CD (2001), but with some extras, especially the vocals and duel drumming which occur on several tracks. I find it an impressive and satisfying effort. There's a lot of variety--afforded by contributions from 11 talented musicians, as well as the leader's first-rate skills as a composer--and it all works surprising well together. In fact, the sequencing of the tracks provides for what might be considered an epic, 10-part jazz suite. The vocals (often wordless) add a bit more emotion and color to what is predominantly an instrumental project. Instantly enjoyable, at least for most open-eared listeners.
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