The Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet’s debut release, The Middle Picture, documents both live and studio performances recorded at The Rotunda in Philadelphia and New Haven’s Firehouse 12 over the past two years.
"There is much in between the pressing issues of the world and the mundane toils of the everyday,” writes Bynum in the liner notes. “I call it the middle picture: the pursuit of one’s life goals, the search for one’s true calling, the cultivation of one’s personal relationships. While acknowledging the larger and smaller realities of the world, I try to focus on the middle picture, and hope that some of that positive energy and inspiration can influence the pictures on either side. The music on this album grows out of that middle picture, and is dedicated to that hope."
released April 3, 2007
Taylor Ho Bynum :: cornet/composer
Matt Bauder :: tenor saxophone, clarinet and bass clarinet
Mary Halvorson :: electric guitar
Evan O’Reilly :: electric guitar
Jessica Pavone :: viola and electric bass
Tomas Fujiwara :: drums
supported by 18 fans who also own “The Middle Picture”
Mary Halvorson’s 9 year old recording is all what it needs to be, bold, playful, inventive, and a bit “weird” as she might put it. An absolute joy to listen to, never too abstract to completely lose track of rhythm and never, never boring. MH has got the rare ability to stimulate brain and heart at the same time. Just wish they would reissue her 2 first albums on vinyl. Torsten