Lifted Land, David Binney's sixth
recording for Criss Cross, is also his third wholly
original program for the label (after Cities and Desire
(Criss 1285 CD) and
Barefooted Town (Criss 1335 CD)).
One of the most gripping and distinctive alto players and composers of his
generation, Binney leads a powerfully expressive quartet with longtime allies
Craig Taborn on piano and Eivind Opsvik on bass.
Drummer Tyshawn Sorey, an acclaimed leader and composer in his
own right, makes his first Criss Cross appearance here,
in place of Binney´s go-to drummer for previous releases, Dan Weiss.
Binney's tunes are anthemic, evocative, highly precise and finely crafted and
yet prepared to venture into the freest abstract terrain. Highlights include
the hopeful lyricism of The Road To Your House,
the dynamic intensity of Curious About Texas,
and the segues from structured themes to avant-gardish exploration on
Losing The Central Valley, and the nearly
19 minute As Snow Before a Summer Sun.
Always alert to his bandmates' every move, Binney offers one of the most
ambitious and surprise-filled sessions of his career.
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Fanfare For Basu (David Binney) 2:24
The Road To Your House (David Binney) 7:01
As Snow Before A Summer Sun (David Binney) 18:34
The Blue Whale (David Binney) 11:54
Curious About Texas (David Binney) 5:17
Lifted Land (David Binney) 6:23
Losing The Central Valley (David Binney) 3:26
Red Cloud (Craig Taborn) 3:31
Total Time: 58:34
November 21, 2012
Brooklyn, NY, USA