City Arts, 3.May.11
The Next Generation: Three emerging jazz leaders offer inspiration
by David R. Adler
Jazz artists have always needed to be resourceful, perhaps today more than ever. For three representative New York-area musicians, the struggles and uncertainties of creative life in the trenches are well worth it. Cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum and alto saxophonists Matana Roberts and Steve Lehman have built viable careers as performers and recording artists, in part by developing a breadth of skills and seizing the multitude of opportunities that come their way. Now in their early- to mid-thirties, these three epitomize the stubborn idealism and cold-eyed realism required to stand out in an immensely challenging field.