Binker Golding truly is the saxophonist of the moment. A highly skilled musician, accomplished composer, and occasional conductor, Golding has performed with everyone from Moses Boyd and Yussef Dayes to Evan Parker and Denys Baptise. 'Abstractions of Reality Past and Incredible Feathers' is his first quartet album, and typically, it goes against the grain.
The album constitutes a departure from Binker's more rhythm and riff-heavy collaboration with Moses Boyd as well as his avant-garde project with Elliott Galvin. With all compositions and arrangements by the band leader, there is a greater emphasis on harmonic and melodic development, harking back to the more through-composed jazz fusion of the 80s and 90s. All tracks were recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios and mixed by James Farber, whose prolific discography includes albums by Brad Meldhau, Michael Brecker, and Joe Lovano. Expect a contemporary twist in the form of London jazz scene heavyweights; Joe Armon-Jones on piano, Daniel Casimir on double bass, and Sam Jones on drums.
Binker explains the inspiration behind the material:
"The album is about experiences I had throughout my teenage years & twenties. Its about remembering, forgetting, thinking you've forgotten & remembering again. It's about people & friends that you'll never see again & times that you can't go back to, so you have to settle for the memory of them instead, whilst holding on to some hope for the future".