Far Side of Here (Omnitone) features original works by David Bindman and Fred Ho, and new arrangements of works by Pete Seeger, Billy Strayhorn, Dizzy Gillespie, and Semenyah McCord. In October 2003, the BSQ went into the studio and recorded five tracks with altoist Sam Furnace. In May 2004 the group finished the recording, with Rudresh Mahanthappa on alto. The album is dedicated to the late Sam Furnace.
The album opens with Bindman’s “Tie Me Sufre” (teay may soofray), a minor-blues-like form, inspired by the Asante Adowa music, and originally performed with the Ghanaian-American ensemble, Talking Drums. Fred Ho’s “Fishing Song of the East China Sea” was inspired by Chinese folk music and was originally composed to be played on bamboo flutes. The ballad “I Understand Now” (Bindman) is an introspective composition in which the saxophones follow each other in fugue-like form. “The Black Nation Suite” (Ho) is a call for African-American liberation in which each player makes a powerfully unique solo statement. This four part composition (tracks 5-8) is dedicated to Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Queen Mother Audley Moore, and other activists who dedicated their lives to the struggle on behalf of all people of African descent. Bindman's “Spinning,” begins with a single phrase and becomes a fast moving suite in complex meters. In addition to Bindman and Ho’s original compositions, the BSQ offers new interpretations of Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life" and Dizzy Gillespie's "A Night in Tunisia.”The album concludes with Bindman's joyful “Jajo” (YAH-yo) (which means egg in Polish); a playful melodic adventure that winds into celebratory blowing over a reggae-inspired groove.