Reuniting with Craig Taborn on this upcoming quartet studio album for the Criss Cross label to be released in mid-January alto saxophonist David Binney recorded A Glimpse of the Eternal shortly before he turned 60 back in the summer. A familiar presence on the Dutch label that over the years has specialised in post-bop recordings regularly made in the US it is nevertheless Binney's first for the indie since label founder Gerry Teekens passed away two years ago.
In addition to Binney originals and a version of the 1940s standard 'I Had the Craziest Dream' the saxist, who has a scalding very original timbral sense of attack and blistering progressive ideas shaped into metrically demanding settings, factors in Vince Mendoza, Jan Garbarek and Ralph Towner material among tracks on the upcoming A Glimpse of The Eternal.
The gorgeously laconic Garbarek track 'Blue Sky' derives from the Jan Garbarek Group album released in 1979, Photo With Blue Sky, White Cloud, Wires, Windows And A Red Roof. Besides Taborn, who was on Binney albums Cities and Desire (Criss Cross, 2006) and Lifted Land (Criss Cross, 2013) and who plays Dublin and London Omicron-permitting at the end of January, the group also includes long-time Binney colleagues bassist Eivind Opsvik and drummer Dan Weiss.
The brace of Mendoza numbers are Epiphany (1999) track 'Ambivalence' and 'The Cat and the Moon' while Binney also interprets Ralph Towner classic 'Nightfall.'