Taylor Ho Bynum

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New York Times, 28.Nov.11

New Music Reviews
by Nate Chinen

Mr. Bynum, 36, is a provocateur in the guise of a consensus builder, too polite to suggest a firebrand and too generous to resemble an ideologue. But he has a strong vision regardless and has patterned his creative life after some of the least compromising American musicians of the last half-century: the pianist Cecil Taylor, with whom he has performed; the trumpeter Bill Dixon, whose late-career work he championed; and especially the multireedist Anthony Braxton, whom he serves as chief consigliere. The history of jazz’s post-1960s avant-garde has been a tactile experience for him.

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