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David Binney: Biographie

"David Binney possesses one of the most original minds
in contemporary music." (Stereophile)

David Binney was born in the "Sunshine State" of Florida, grew up in California, and currently pursues his career in New York. His name may not be familiar to every jazz fan, but the 39 year old saxophonist enjoys a fantastic reputation among musicians, as is evidenced by his impressive resume.

David Binney

This includes performances and tours with the Gil Evans Orchestra, Maria Schneider, Cecil McBee, and Bobby Previte, and CDs with Uri Caine, Leni Stern, Drew Gress, Boomish, Lonnie Plaxico, The Jazzhole, Medeski, Martin &Wood. He has also been a member of such groups as Lan Xang, The Lost Tribe, and Global Theory, and formed his own record label, Mythology Records.

Although he also plays soprano and tenor saxophones, his main instrument is alto saxophone. Over the years he has developed a sound that once heard is not forgotten. His voice on the saxophone takes in the emotional spectrum of the human voice; it can be soft and quiet at the beginning, then striking, clear-cut and imperious, and finally penetrating, shouting, entreating.

David attributes playing and studying Jazz with the fact that his parents were both huge Jazz fans. The sounds of Coltrane, Miles, Bobby Hutcherson, Wayne Shorter and jazz in general, were always to be heard as he was growing up. There were also the sounds of Milton Nascimento, Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone and other kinds of music that gave Dave his interest in a broad spectrum of music.

He started studying saxophone with various teachers in and around Los Angeles. Moving to New York City at the age of 19, he studied with Phil Woods, Dave Liebman and George Coleman. He worked various day jobs in New York, studied music on his own and played music gigs at night.

In 1989 he was awarded a NEA grant and he used that to record his first CD "Point Game" which featured Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Edward Simon, Adam Rogers and Lonnie Plaxico. It was released on the French label Owl Records.

David has recorded 4 CD's under his own name since been a founding member of Lost Tribe and Lan Xang and has recorded on many recordings as a sideman including two with Uri Caines `Mahler Project´, Drew Gress's `Jagged Sky´ and Medeski's `Martin and Wood´.

All of these various emotional facets are to be found on his ACT debut Album, "South". David Binney invited some of his closest musical associates to the recording. He has assembled an illustrious sextet, a band of band leaders: Chris Potter must be counted as one of the most important tenor saxophonists of his generation. He is a man of many talents who is also a masterful soprano and alto saxophonist, bass clarinetist, and pianist. Guitarist Adam Rogers has to his credit work with the bands of Randy Brecker, Jacky Terasson, Alexander Sipiagin, and Bill Evans. Rogers also worked with David Binney in the group The Lost Tribe. Uri Caine is one of the most versatile pianists on the New York jazz scene. He recently caused a sensation with re-workings of classical pieces. With his perfect intonation and time, bassist Scott Colley has previously shined on albums from Andrew Hill, Jim Hall, Carmen McRae, Fred Hersch, and Renee Rosness. He has also led various groups of his own. With his sensitive playing, drummer Brian Blade has supported such icons as Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Seal, Daniel Lanois, and Joshua Redman. He also supports and leads Fellowship, one of the most impressive groups on the contemporary jazz scene. Jim Black, who appears on two cuts, is one of today's most innovative drummers.








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