North Sea Jazz Festival 2014 Rotterdam, Netherlands July, 11, 2014 The North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam is the biggest indoor festival in Europe. It is organized by Mojo Concerts and The Security Company, both part of Live Nation Entertainment, a worldwide operating live event mega-organizer (240,000 events annually in 33 countries). The amount of parallel concerts and big names in three days and nights-- starting in the late afternoon--is dizzying. It also evokes a constant desire to see everything, to be somewhere else and hence be on the run permanently. It is a ...read more
Flutist and composer Jamie Baum's In This Life is a richly textured album both in a harmonic and conceptual sense. Inspired by her travels through India and Nepal and influenced by the music of the late Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, this collection of intriguing originals (and two Khan covers) is simultaneously deeply spiritual and vibrantly organic. As a leader, Baum often alternates the ensemble sounds of the wind players with those of the rhythm section created innovative and enchanting multilayered patterns. On The Meeting," for instance these ornamental motifs form the backdrop for bassist Zachary Lober's ...read more
From its first penetrating flute notes the sonic textures of South Asia frame Jamie Baum's ambitious collection In This Life, which successfully spotlights her compositional acuity, instrumental prowess, and talents as a bandleader.As the title track Nusrat" implies, the album is inspired in no small measure by internationally influential performer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, whose efforts brought the Sufi qawwali musical tradition to popular attention both through his performances and contributions to Hollywood movie scores. As well, Baum's experience as a US State Department/Kennedy Center Jazz Ambassador touring in South America, India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Thailand and Bangladesh ...read more
Jamie Baum SeptetJoe's PubNew York, New YorkJanuary 24, 2009
The sheer number of great jazz musicians who play in the New York area is staggering. It makes the life of a music critic incredibly easy. The only difficulty is choosing which musicians to see and which to pass up. And so it was that on a windy, cold night in January this reviewer decided to experience the Jamie Baum Septet at Joe's Pub in the East Village. The experience was nothing short of extraordinary.
First, the space. Joe's is a haven ...read more
The Jamie Baum Septet Houghton Memorial Chapel, Wellesley College Wellesley, Massachusetts September 19, 2008
Flutist-composer Jamie Baum and her septet presented a striking contrast to the imposing Gothic Revival Chapel at Wellesley College, the setting for the ensemble's Friday night performance. The concert was one stop in a tour celebrating Baum's recent release, Solace (Sunnyside), on which the septet is augmented by a few additional musicians. All of the evening's selections were Baum compositions, all but two appearing on Solace.Marking the group's ten-year anniversary, the current personnel of the septet (several of whom ...read more
New Yorker or, more specifically, Brooklyn flutist and composer Jamie Baum has again realized a most ambitious album that repeats the success of her previous Moving Forward, Standing Still (Omnitone, 2004), with largely the same personnel. After an intensive homage to Bela Bartok on that album, Baum spends even more time here with the work of Twentieth Century classicist Charles Ives.
To explain Baum's compositions is a thorny enough affair. Her own work on flute offers up a calming influence but a good portion of the album brings in free jazz as expressed by ensemble members Ralph Alessi, ...read more
Jamie Baum is a rare improvising flutist who doesn't double from another instrument. For nearly a decade she's led an ambitious septet with French horn, trumpet and alto saxophone joining the frontline, propelled by piano, bass and drums. Doublings on alto flute, bass clarinet, flugelhorn and Fender Rhodes extend the ensemble's wide sonic and textural terrain. A dense statement spanning 70+ minutes, Solace is the second CD by the septet. Joining Baum again are reedman Douglas Yates, pianist George Colligan and drummer Jeff Hirshfield, while longtime members trumpeter Ralph Alessi and French hornist Vincent Chancey split time ...read more