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Album Review – Alive in the East? by Binker & Moses
Alive in the East? Binker & Moses Gearbox Records Ever resilient saxophonist Binker Golding and drummer Moses Boyd, last week released a ten track, 45-minute free-jazz kinetic sermon, Alive In The East, that should put new and former jazz aficionados on immediate notice. This live recording, a follow-up to last year's Journey To The Mountain Of Forever, captures the present electricity surrounding the UK jazz renaissance. 'Children of The Ultra Blacks', a follow-up of sorts to the previous 'The Valley of the Ultra Blacks', provides a dogged hypnotic state that continuously builds for over seven minutes. With pronounced stature, funk, and present-day genres comingling on this group's third album to date, new ideas are abundantly inserted. As a raucous crowd eggs the players on throughout "Children of The Ultra Blacks," the half-time breakbeat tempo gives the storied trumpeter Byron Wallen, additional drummer Yussef Dayes, free jazz saxophonist Evan Parker, and harpist Tori