David Binney Quartet

David Binney Quartet

David Binney

Wednesday, October 5, 7:30pm
at Swedish American Hall

David Binney

David Binney Quartet

New York City’s rough-and-tumble jazz scene can feel like a Darwinian struggle, where only the fittest players survive. Alto saxophonist David Binney is a multi-faceted musician who has thrived in Gotham’s competitive jungle, releasing a string of sessions with high-velocity improvisations, wide-ranging concepts and inventive compositions. A player whose music draws on both straight-ahead and avant-garde forms and techniques, Binney has collaborated with a cross section of New York’s contemporary jazz elite, including Chris Potter, Donny McCaslin, Mark Turner, Bill Frisell, Adam Rogers, Brian Blade and many others. His latest album, Graylen Epicenter, is a tour de force exploring episodic compositions that just bristle with ideas and contrasting sections. The band he brings to San Francisco is typically virtuosic, featuring the rising Cuban piano star David Virelles (Steve Coleman, Jane Bunnett), international-minded trap drummer Dan Weiss (Rudresh Mahanthappa, Ravi Coltrane), and bassist Eivind Opsvik (Paul Motian, Ben Monder). This is modern jazz at its most kinetic and captivating.

Artist Personnel

David Binney alto saxophone
David Virelles Fender Rhodes
Eivind Opsvik bass
Dan Weiss drums 

Artist Website

"The sense of determination is almost frightening... what a strange crew, what strong ideas, what an act of compositional will. " — The New York Times
"Dave has long been one of my favorite musicians... exceptional writing and playing all around. " — Pat Metheny