"Great On Paper's Eclectic Jazz Not By the Books,"
by Ha D.H. Le
“I just had a lot of laughs in me, man,” Robin Baytas says, his laughter echoing those of his three other bandmates. The four make up Great on Paper, a local band that derives its music from jazz and just released their debut album. The topic currently eliciting their amusement is the rehearsed introduction that they are delivering to the camera. As the band members chuckle, classical music seeps through the walls of a corridor in the New England Conservatory. Despite the orchestra’s considerable volume, the members of Great on Paper continue to capture all attention during the interview with their vibrant dialogue and interactions—a dynamism that carries into their songs. [continued]
"...the spirit that defines Great on Paper...is a spirit of growth and awareness among the band members—one that favors spontaneity and fosters creative adaptation of the jazz tradition."
GOP spoke with The Harvard Crimson last weekend before rehearsing for our CD release at The Jazz Gallery. Read the full profile here.
"A quick disclaimer: I’ve played frequently with Kevin Sun, a saxophonist and jazz blogger based in New York and Boston. Singing his praises, then, is therefore not the most ethically sound thing for me to do. But Great On Paper, Sun’s primary outlet as a composer, is a band that simply demands attention. In addition to Sun, the band features fellow New England Conservatory graduates Isaac Wilson on piano, Simón Willson on bass, and Robin Baytas on drums.
"Young improv jazzbos firmly in the millennial mind set show what the young ‘uns are up to/on to these days. They come from Boston but are heavily influenced by skronk, you can hear pomo/punk rock energy in their jazz vision along with their love of crime jazz. With a little something for everyone due to gleeful genre blending, this bunch is throwing the tent wide open with an invitation for the nu generation to join in with something as free as the wind blowing. Check it out. "