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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
  • Coming soon to a venue near you
Come and Gone
  • October 28, 2014 - The Harvard Advocate Presents: Earprint + GOP @ The Harvard Advocate, 21 South Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138
  • 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
  • Feb. 6, 2014 at 7 p.m. - Great on Paper for "NEC at the Harvard Club" @ The Harvard Club of Boston, 374 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215

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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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Robin Baytas is a drummer and 2014 graduate of The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA, and is now based out of Montclair, NJ. In high school, Robin performed and developed relationships with local legends Billy Hart, Steve Turre, Christian McBride, Geri Allen, and Claudio Roditi. He currently freelances around New York, performing frequently at venues such as The Blue Note and Bar Next Door. 
Kevin Sun is a saxophonist and 2014 graduate of Harvard College currently pursuing a Master of Music at the The New England Conservatory of Music. Kevin was the 2013 Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition winner and the 2012 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition winner in the jazz saxophone category. He is currently the blog editor of Jazz Speaks, the blog of The Jazz Gallery, a nonprofit jazz cultural center in New York City.
Isaac Wilson is a pianist and composer. Isaac performs regularly as both a leader and as a sideman around the greater Boston area, 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. 
Simón Willson is a bassist hailing from Santiago, Chile. Simon attended the Escuela Moderna de Music preparatory program in Santiago and decided to pursue his musical studies at The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA, where he plans to complete his undergraduate degree in the spring of 2015. 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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