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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Binker Golding: Livestreamed from Kings Place, EFG London Jazz Festival – Nov. 21

(Review/screenshots by Amy Sibley-Allen)

Tenor saxophonist - composer Binker Golding, of Mobo award-winning duo Binker & Moses, brings together bassist Olie Brice (the original advertised line up included bassist John Edwards) and drummer Steve Noble, for just under an hour of astonishing non-stop wild and free jazz improvisation at Kings Place. 

Besides Golding’s success with Moses Boyd he has collaborated with the likes of Zara McFarlane and Ashley Henry. Following the 2018 release of Ex Nihlo, his experimental project with the brilliant composer and pianist Elliot Galvin, he released his own album, Abstractions of Reality Past and Incredible Feathers, to critical acclaim. The album was nominated for Best Jazz Album at the 2020 Jazz FM awards, and whilst he didn’t win that accolade Golding did take home Jazz FM Instrumentalist of the Year.

We were warned that we should ‘expect the unexpected’ by music journalist, broadcaster and DJ Tina Edwards as she introduced the gig - she was not wrong. The pure energy of the trio is impressive and communication throughout the set both empathetic and confident. Golding radiates a level of calm yet simultaneously channels a fierce energy and his saxophone playing is incredible - both technically and in terms of depth of feeling.

The sonic journey traversed a variety of textures and tempos. Playing both tenor and soprano sax Golding’s playing is delicate and nuanced at points, before his intense, funky, heavy vibe prevails. At times the sound is distorted and other worldly, an underwater conversation reminiscent of whale sounds, but then it thrusts us among what could be a loud squawking flock of birds. Golding rocks back and forth as he plays conjuring the feeling the world is ending; the noise of TV interference but on a global scale - think all technology malfunctioning at once.

Noble’s drumming and percussive techniques are detailed and flawless, as one would expect, employing shakers, tea towels and even a whistle at one stage. Brice’s fine bass playing utilises pizzicato and arco technique, producing driving rhythms or abstract discordant and eerie sounds. Overall there are some beautiful interactions and moments between the trio and in the era of live streams these can be watched over and over again for a whole week.

Golding delivers a heartfelt thanks and goodbye to ‘all the lovely people’ at home with the fitting message to ‘take care of yourselves and each other’ before channelling the iconic Mork’s goodbye - ‘Nanu, Nanu’ Binker.

Amy

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