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David Binney: The Long Haul

Inside his steadily progressive, consistently diverse, always compelling career

David Binney
David Binney
Dave Binney (right) with trumpeter John Daversa at NYC's 55 Bar in April 2014

For David Binney, who released his 20th album as a leader or co-leader in May, it’s all about tenacity: Stick with something and the payoff will arrive. “If you’re here long enough, doing good work, your number comes up eventually,” says the New York-based alto saxophonist and composer, 52. “It’s almost impossible for it not to, on some level. The secret is to do good work and then just stay here. Keep doing it. That’s exactly how it’s happened for me.”

And though he’s done and continues to do sideman work, Binney has never really worked under a bandleader whose stamp of approval would make life easier. He explains that he’s “had to do everything on my own.” But good things come to those who wait, and work.

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