Alto saxophonist David Binney has developed a number of outlets for his prolific outpouring as a composer. The electric band Lost Tribe appeals to his edgier avant-funk-fusion nature while the acoustic Lan Xang is a vehicle for some very potent acoustic jazz with an accent on group improvisation and provocative horn voicings. This project under his own name is in some ways Binney’s most accomplished and satisfying vehicle. It’s basically the Lan Xang quartet (Binney, drummer Jeff Hirshfield, bassist Scott Colley, tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin) augmented by Lost Tribe bandmate Adam Rogers on classical guitar, Edward Simon on piano, Kenny Wolleson and Daniel Sadownick on percussion, Alex Sipiagan on trumpet, Doug Yates on bass clarinet, Clark Gayton on trombone, and Jamie Baum on flutes. This accomplished crew helps the composer realize some of his richest, most adventurous music yet.
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