On November 12th, Firehouse 12 Records will release Navigation
(The Complete Firehouse 12 Recordings), a four-album, multi-format set from cornetist and composer Taylor Ho Bynum. The project documents four different versions of Bynum’s modular composition Navigation, with two sets recorded live with his Sextet (featuring Jim Hobbs on alto saxophone, Bill Lowe on bass trombone and tuba, Mary Halvorson on guitar, Ken Filiano on bass, and Tomas Fujiwara on drums and vibraphone), and two sets recorded in studio with the 7-tette (which adds drummer and vibraphonist Chad Taylor). The music was recorded over two days, December 7 and 8, 2012.
released November 12, 2013
Taylor Ho Bynum – cornet
Jim Hobbs – alto saxophone
Bill Lowe – bass trombone, tuba
Mary Halvorson – electric guitar
Ken Filiano – acoustic bass
Tomas Fujiwara – drums, vibraphone
add Chad Taylor – drums, vibraphone
All compositions by Taylor Ho Bynum, Thobulous Music, BMI
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Nick Lloyd, Firehouse 12 Studios, New Haven CT
Possibility Abstracts X and XI recorded live on December 7, 2012
Possibility Abstracts XII and XIII recorded in studio on December 8, 2012
Produced by Nick Lloyd and Taylor Ho Bynum
Artwork and design by Megan Craig
supported by 48 fans who also own “Navigation (The Complete Firehouse 12 Recordings)”
The guitarists first solo album (like the actors first Hamlet) is a hoop that eventually has to be jumped through...and Mary Halvorson has finally risen to the challenge...a truly brilliant improviser and technician (I remember being knocked out by a performance she gave with Anthony Braxton in London),she has added layers of emotional and spiritual patina to those skills...the pre-release track here demonstrates all those qualities in spades...I see this release will include work by Noel Akchote (whose music plays a key part in my listening regime)...
So,until its release "I eat the air,promise crammed"...
Update! This album is now released and I can "count myself King of infinite riches"...this release catapults Mary Halvorson into a different league for me...wonderful,wonderful,wonderful! John Cratchley