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Taylor Ho Bynum/Tomas Fujiwara CD Coming on 482 Music

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On February 27th, 482 Music will kick off its 2007 release schedule with True Events (482-1052), a recording of duets by cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum and drummer Tomas Fujiwara. These longtime collaborators first worked together 15 years ago while still in high school, and have since performed together hundreds of times in a variety of ensembles. “I feel like I can anticipate what Tomas is going to play," says Bynum of their relationship in the liner notes, “yet I'm continually surprised and delighted and inspired by what he does." The nine tracks on True Events, a mix of pre- conceived elements and spontaneous improvisation, also take their inspiration from Anthony Braxton's principles of language improvisation, as well as the work of musicians such as Alan Dawson, Talib Kweli and Wayne Shorter.

Critics have called Taylor Ho Bynum “a cutting-edge trumpet phenom" (Boston Phoenix), “a creative force" (Boston Globe), “a marvelous cornetist" (AllAboutJazz.com) and “one of the savviest trumpeters to come along in recent years" (Village Voice). The Brooklyn-based musician/composer's expansive resume includes frequent work with a variety of his contemporaries, as well as icons such as Cecil Taylor and Anthony Braxton, performing and recording extensively with the latter over the past decade. Also known as “a formidable composer" (Brian Morton, The Wire), Bynum leads a number of his own groups. In 2005, AllAboutJazz.com's Paul Olson called his 482 Music debut, Other Stories (Three Suites), “the best album of the year."

Fellow Boston native Tomas Fujiwara is an in-demand drummer for some of today's most respected musicians and ensembles. His performing and recording credits include sideman work with the likes of Makanda Ken McIntyre, David Murray and Steve Lehman, and he is a current member of groups led by Bynum, saxophonist/composer Matana Roberts, guitarist/conductor Greg Tate and Ghanaian master drummer/composer Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng among others. Fujiwara also leads his own decade-old trio, Unified Quest. Based in New York for the past 12 years, he has also worked in the Off-Broadway theatre world, touring as a cast member of “Stomp," and composing original scores for three plays.

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