Taylor Ho Bynum


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Baltimore's cornetist and trumpeter Taylor Ho Bynum (1975), a pupil of Anthony Braxton, started his career in late 1990s, working also with Bill Dixon and Cecil Taylor. Then he recorded a series of collaborative albums, such as Crawlspace-Universal Noir (october 1998), with Bhob Rainey, Eric Rosenthal and Jack Wright; and Duets (Wesleyan) 2002 (january 2002) with Anthony Braxton.

His career as leader started in april 2003, with the first recording sessions for the project SpiderMonkey Strings, featuring celloist Okkyung Lee, vibraphonist Jay Hoggard, as well as Jessica Pavone on violin and viola among others. They debuted with Other Stories (Three Suites) (february 2005).

True Events (march 2006), Stepway (may 2009) and Through Foundation (april 2012) were free improvisations with drummer Tomas Fujiwara.

The Convergence Quartet was formed with pianist Alexander Hawkins, bassist Dominic Lash and drummer Harris Eisenstadt. They debuted with the Live In Oxford (november 2006), followed by Song-Dance (may 2009), Slow And Steady (november 2011), and the more complex Owl Jacket (october 2013).

His sextet, comprising over the time trombonist Bill Lowe, violist Jessica Pavone, saxophonists Matt Bauder and Jim Hobbs, bassist Ken Filiano, guitarist Mary Halvorson and drummer Tomas Fujiwara, debuted with The Middle Picture (recorded between october 2005 and december 2006), followed by Asphalt Flowers Forking Paths (february 2008), the four-part suite Apparent Distance (premiered in august 2010), and Navigation (december 2012), collecting two lengthy suites. With this album his sextet became a septet, having added vibraphonist Chad Taylor.

In 2007 Bynum and percussionist and vocalist Abraham Gomez-Delgado founded the ten-piece project Positive Catastrophe, which included, among others, Mark Taylor (french horn, mellophone), Matt Bauder (tenor and alto saxes, clarinet), Michael Attias (baritone sax), Pete Fitzpatrick (electric guitar) and Tomas Fujiwara (drums). They released Garabatos Volume One (august and september 2008) and Dibrujo Dibrujo Dibrujo... (november 2011).

PlusTet, a 15-piece ensemble including Nate Wooley and Stephanie Richards (trumpets), Vincent Chancey (French horn), Steve Swell (trombone), Bill Lowe (bass trombone, tub), the sax trio of Jim Hobbs, Ingrid Laubrock and Matt Bauder, Jason Kao Hwang (violin), Tomeka Reid (cello), Jay Hoggard (vibraphone), Mary Halvorson (guitar), Ken Filiano (bass) and Tomas Fujiwara (drums), debuted with Enter The Plus Tet (january 2016), that contains the lengthy Sleeping Giant, a tribute to Prince.

The Thirteenth Assembly is a project with Jessica Pavone (viola) Mary Halvorson (guitar) and Tomas Fujiwara (drums).

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