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
When flautist/composer Jamie Baum releases a new album, many modern jazz aficionados take notice. With a core septet and others sitting in on various works, Baum pays homage to trumpeter/flugelhorn great Kenny Wheeler, and modern classicist Charles Ives. One of the many highlights of this set includes the Ives Suite," where she rearranges the composer's famous Unanswered Questions" amid the four parts that are composed around his Fourth Symphony." Baum's uncanny ability to transpose dense, multi-tiered arrangements into mainstream, cutting-edge stylizations simply equates to highly entertaining form factor.
Baum professes the beauty of morphing interesting compositions with memorable ...read more
Experimenting with unconventional instrumentation is sometimes just that--testing an idea to see if it works. On Moving Forward, Standing Still , her third release as a leader, flautist Jamie Baum assembles an atypical combination of instruments, starting with her own and adding Tom Varner's French horn, Ralph Alessi's trumpet and flugelhorn and Doug Yate's alto saxophone and bass clarinet. The front line is supported by a rhythm section comprised of musicians who stretch the traditional roles: pianist George Colligan, bassist Drew Gress and drummer Jeff Hirshfield, joined by percussionist Yosuke Yamamoto on two tracks. The range of timbres offered by ...read more
Pity the poor flute. All too often relegated to the second line as an instrument doubled by saxophonists, considered an insubstantial instrument best used, if at all, for bossa novas and lightweight smooth jazz, its position in the jazz world is generally considered to be insignificant. And that's a shame, because while its attractive timbre may give it a reputation for being of little consequence, that doesn't mean there isn't the potential for richer fare. With emerging flautists like Anne Drummond, currently featured on pianist Kenny Barron's Images , a strong case is being made for the flute as an ...read more
Flautist/composer Jamie Baum is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. Baum's classical training has greatly influenced her writings and a sizeable portion of her ten compositions on Moving Forward, Standing Still are the direct result. Several tracks show evidence of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and Bar Talk" is an homage to Bela Bartok's String Quartets. Central Park" is influenced by Charles Ives' Central Park in the Dark."
The assembled group consists of state-of-the-art New York players like trumpeter Ralph Alessi, reedman Doug Yates, French horn player Tom Varner, in-demand ...read more
In the booklet notes to this excellent album of Jamie Baum compositions (everything here except From Scratch" is by Baum), the composer-flutist credits Bela Bartok and especially Igor Stravinsky as major influences on her writing. These influences emerge in luminous fashion on Bar Talk," with its punning title, and the righteously Latin Spring Rounds." Yet there's more than 20th Century classical influence in Baum's music; it's not hard to hear Moving Forward, Standing Still as a profound and brilliant extension of Eric Dolphy's ideas.
While Dolphy's music certainly took Stravinsky and Bartok into account, it seems more likely that he ...read more
Moving Forward, Standing Still doesn't sound as though it's led by a flautist, in spite of the fact that flautist Jamie Baum has allowed herself and her instrument their fair share of solo time. She's also given her front line cohorts their share, too, in addition to writing in a good deal of multi-horn harmony and ensemble interplay, on a set that sounds like the work of an artist who has put her main focus in the arranger/composer field, with intriguing results.Baum's septet features an unusual front line sound--flute/trumpet/alto sax and French horn, with the occasional bass clarinet ...read more
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