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David Binney: Out of Airplanes

Alto saxophonist David Binney’s talents as a writer and leader stand out most on his fascinating new release. Not to undermine his chops, but Binney doesn’t take many solo spots here so much as introduce the themes and act as a catalyst for his impressive bandmates: guitarists Bill Frisell and (on two tracks) Adam Rogers, keyboardist Craig Taborn, bassist Eiyvind Opsvik and drummer Kenny Wollesen. At the same time, these pieces don’t ask for traditional solo space either.

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