LIVE: Taylor Ho Bynum & Tomas Fujiwara @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, 5/6/18
Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Free improvised jazz music is an acquired taste for many, but for some, it is the true spirit of jazz music. After all John Coltrane, the Ayler Brothers, Miles Davis and many others, including Joe McFee, pursued that course of music because they knew it was pushing the envelope as far as jazz music could go as an art form.
The general public has not been as enthusiastic to lend their ears to the evolutionary pursuit of this sonic nirvana, but those who have possess a universal understanding that this is the true quest of the real end-game to jazz music’s improvisational journey. It can go no further than here and now – in the moment.
However, like all forms of music, there are the adherents to the style of music, and they were the listeners, in house at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy recently when the returning Taylor Ho Bynum and his collaborator, Tomas Fujiwara – on trumpet and drums, respectively – tore the place up, bleeding tonal ranges for the cause.
Intensity, passion and respect to the art form were all in the house that night, and the dynamic duo of free-form musicians gave it their all. But, unfortunately, so few listeners…
All I can say after witnessing the amazing, high-wire performance is that people who might have had their ears opened up and been converted to the cause missed out on an incredible evening of music.