Written by Dorica Santos
Londoners Binker Golding and Moses Boyd are a semi-free jazz saxophone and drums duo, who are amongst the frontrunner of a loose yet interconnected group of London-base jazz musicians. They are influenced by the music that surrounds them, including grime, hip hop, electronica and of course jazz.
They met eight years ago as members of Zara McFarlane’s band and started developing their duo improvisations, eventually bringing the idea of recording them to the attention of Gearbox Records, the vinyl-led record label and vinyl mastering studio. They were able to create their debt album, Dem Ones, which jump-started a sensational period for the duo and earned them a range of awards including Best Jazz Act at 2015 MOBO Awards and two wins at the Jazz FM Awards 2016: UK Jazz Act of the Year and Breakthrough Act of the Year. Not only that, but they were voted Jazz Newcomer of the Year at the 2016 Parliamentary Jazz Awards.
The duo have come a long way and have perfectly captured the attention of their target audience, the younger generations. They have been performing in intimate venues such as Brilliant Corners in Dalston and Deptford’s Job Centre as well in bookshops, record stores and cafes.
Journey To The Mountain Of Forever is a two record set: the first disc features the duo on their own whereas on the second disc they are joined by other gifted musicians including trumpeter Byron Wallen, harpist Tori Handsley, tabla player Sarathy Korwar, drummer Yussef Dayes and saxophonist Evan Parker.
The album is set to include tracks that “winningly mix dark, classic Coltrane raptures, infectious hook-rooted rockers and Sonny Rollins-like calypsos (Fete By the River).” It is set to be release July 28, 2017 so you still got to wait, but it will be worth it.
For now, take a listen to the first track off Dem Ones, No Long Tings.
Credit: Binker Golding