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Great On Paper

Founded on the principles of equality, freedom of speech, and reckless exploration, Great On Paper is an improvised, four-person party that goes into musical situations without an exit strategy. Featuring Kevin Sun (saxophones), Isaac Wilson (keyboards), Simón Willson (double bass), and Robin Baytas (drums), GOP is a typical jazz quartet configuration with a distinctly atypical bent towards the avant-garde and the folkloric, and taps into the jazz tradition without getting too ideological or self-conscious about it.

GOP performs mostly original music that is somehow both formally sophisticated yet, in moderate doses, pleasant to listen to. With numerous musical influences that range from Steve Coleman to Paul Bley to Stevie Wonder, GOP has no interest in disguising its catholic tastes, and the band’s co-mingling of diverse musical sensibilities allegedly lend it an air of refinement and worldliness. Call them what you will—a postmodernist mélange, abstract sound-fashioners, jazz charlatans—GOP takes no prisoners and doesn’t apologize when it steps on your feet; it just keeps on moving right along.

Kevin and Robin hail from the occasionally underrated state of New Jersey; Isaac is a native of LA; and then there’s Simón, a Chilean. They converged in Boston at the New England of Conservatory in the early 2010s and quickly began deconstructing jazz standards to build their strange, personal language as a band. GOP remained a practice room project for a few years—a secret jazz-school lab experiment for musicians’ ears, only—until their first gig at a house concert in 2013, after which came the unspoken consensus that they were perhaps on to something that was worth sharing with the world.

For now still a proud, nominally Boston-based band, GOP has performed at local art spaces such as The LIly Pad, the Harvard Advocate, the Signet Society, and Jordan Hall, and played its first East Coast tour in August of 2015, with shows at The Jazz Gallery (NYC), Wally’s Café Jazz Club (Boston), Tumulty’s Pub (New Brunswick, NJ), and Bohemian Caverns and Twins Jazz in the nation’s capitol.