When talking about the “new breed” of jazz musicians, London duo Binker & Moses are names that must be among the first in line for any looking to feel their way into the UK’s current biggest export. The award winning duo of saxophonist Binker Golding and drummer Moses Boyd, have made their name in recent years interpreting elements from grime to electronic and hip-hop in their raw and ready form of jazz.
Whilst gaining the recognition from admirers of the most arcane strands of the genre, the duo’s open approach to suffusing their ambient influences within their playing, has allowed them to escape this skin and express their music style in their own terms.
The duo now release their second album “Journey To The Mountain Of Forever’’, which was recorded live onto a tape machine at the Gearbox Studios. With no mixing, or editing; it’s a true capturing of the bands energy that has captivated so many stages live.
Were delighted to be able to premiere the final track from the album, a wondrous nine minutes of free expressive jazz, teasing at times inclinations of Paul Bley. Building first with the rhythmic groove, Moses’s elegant cymbal work is supported almost instantly by tabla rims from by Sarathy Korwar. Melodic elements, initially fractious yet flowing, are supplied by the excellent Tori Handsley on the harp alongside Binker, who channels elements of Joshua Redman injecting capsuled moments of expression. As the piece grows, the loose groove is cemented; emphasised by the open sonics of Korwar’s tabla and invariable melodic structure, suggesting influences from South Asian raga music. After a hypnotising five minutes; the track breaks down to simply tabla and harp before effortlessly building back up to a balanced yet resounding finish.
Journey To The Mountain of Forever is out now via Gearbox Records, available on both vinyl and digital formats from all good record stores.