Taylor Ho Bynum & Tomas Fujiwara: True Events (2007)
The compositions were carved from the musical elements the two defined for their playing and then shaped by Anthony Braxton's concept of "language improvisation. And while the written note provided direction, the musicians' individual imaginations and the empathy of their musical bond is what gives this disc flight.
This is most strongly apparent on "The Emperor of Ice Cream, the only piece here that was sparked by complete improvisation. Bynum is spare on the cornet, letting the notes escape slowly and curl their way into space. His ideas flow and he lets time make its mark in the ebb that follows. The intensity grows gradually and the construction gets a deeper dimension as his playing becomes more pithy. Fujiwara also lets the rhythm roll, peppering it with cymbal accents. The energy is palpable as they ride out the tune together. "Ship, dedicated to Mumbo Jumbo Music, a band the duo were in, is a roller coaster. It has a manic edge; the thrust never lets up and, quite simply, grabs attention.
True Events, shaped by fertile thinking, makes for a solid outing.
Track Listing: Wisdom; The Upset; Five Miniatures (Ficciones); Ship; The Leaning Reflection; Akickitaround; Biloxi / Ikuru; The Emperor of Ice Cream; Wisdom (Reprise).
Personnel: Tomas Fujiwara: drums; Taylor Ho Bynum: cornet.
Record Label: 482 Music
Style: Modern Jazz