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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, EWI), 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.
Photo by Jesse Weiner
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. As one anonymous reviewer has said, “At their show in December, that new band GOP really put the ‘Status’ in ‘Status Quo!’” 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. 
Great on Paper was the 2013-14 Jazz Honors Ensemble for the New England Conservatory of Music and was coached by Ted Reichman.

Learn more about each member of GOP: Kevin Sun, Isaac Wilson, Simón Willson, and Robin Baytas.


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Stompin' at the Savoy (Edgar Sampson)

The Wide One (Kevin Sun)

Solar (Chuck Wayne / Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson / Miles Davis [?])


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Upcoming
  • To be announced
Come and Gone
  • April 5, 2014 - Double Bill: GOP + iiii @ The Signet Society, 46 Dunster Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
  • April 1, 2014 at 7 p.m. - Great on Paper Show @ Jordan Hall (New England Conservatory), 290 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02215
  • March 26, 2014 at 8:30 p.m. — GOP @ the Signet Society, 46 Dunster Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
  • March 26, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. - Great on Paper performance and improvisation workshop at Milton High School, Milton, MA 02186
  • March 25, 2014 at 10 a.m. - GOP performance and improvisation workshop at Harvard University Music Building, Cambridge, MA 02138
  • March 10, 2014 at 8 a.m. - Great on Paper performance and improvisation workshop at Brookline High School, Brookline, MA, 02445

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Great on Paper is available for performances and improvisation masterclasses, and also would very much appreciate your feedback! Get in touch with the band at: 

greatonpaper.music@gmail.com


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— R. B.

Robin Baytas, 21, is currently a senior at the New England Conservatory of music in Boston, MA. Growing up in Montclair, NJ, he participated in a music and choreography class led by jazz legend Reggie Workman and his wife, Maya. Here he gained an invaluable foundation in rhythm and performance, and his interests soon spread to rock and jazz music. In high school, Robin performed and developed relationships with local legends Billy Hart, Steve Turre, Christian McBride, Geri Allen, and Claudio Roditi. He was selected to be one of two drummers in the 2010 Grammy Jazz Ensembles where he recorded at Capitol Studios and performed alongside jazz greats James Moody and Kenny Burrell. Now in his final year at NEC, Robin plans to pursue further education while continuing a busy schedule as a sideman.
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Kevin Sun is a senior at Harvard University majoring in English; he is also dual-enrolled at the New England Conservatory, where he has studied with Jerry Bergonzi, Donny McCaslin, and Miguel Zenón, among others. Hailing from Belle Mead, New Jersey, Kevin was the 2013 Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition winner and the 2012 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition winner in the jazz saxophone category, as well as a 2012 Harvard Office for the Arts Artist Development Fellow. He is currently the blog editor of Jazz Speaks, the blog of The Jazz Gallery, a nonprofit jazz cultural center in New York City. 

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Isaac Wilson, 20, is a pianist and composer. A native of Los Angeles, California, he began playing the piano at age 4 and performed professionally in the Southern California area during his high school years in many genres of music. Now in his third year at New England Conservatory in Boston, he performs regularly as both a leader and as a sideman, and he plans to graduate in the spring of 2015 with a bachelors degree in Jazz Performance. His teachers include Ran Blake, Frank Carlberg, Fred Hersch, Cecil McBee, Alan Pasqua and Edward Simon, and he has studied classical piano with Stephen Drury, Jeffrey Lavner, and Sophia Rosoff.
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Born in 1992 in Santiago, Chile, Simon Willson began playing guitar and electric bass in elementary school, and switched to the upright bass in high school. Since then, Simon has performed in a wide variety of styles, but his taste has pulled him towards the realm of jazz and improvised music. While still in High School, Simon attended the Escuela Moderna de Music prep program in Santiago. After graduating from High School, Simon decided to pursue his musical studies in the US. He was accepted into the prestigious New England Conservatory in Boston, MA, where he plans to complete his undergraduate degree in the spring of 2015. Last year, he was a member of the ensemble “Bethe”, which was selected as one of the Honors Ensemble of New England Conservatory.  Apart from keeping a busy sideman schedule, Simon composes music and has taught several students and masterclasses in his home country.  

(Jesse Weiner, again)
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