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Jim Baker / Steve Hunt / Jakob Heinemann: Horizon Scanners

Read "Horizon Scanners" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

In jazz and improvisational music, the Chicago scene has long been a fertile ground for innovative soundscapes and daring musical ventures. Horizon Scanners, the latest offering from the captivating Chicagoan piano trio of Jim Baker, Steve Hunt and Jakob Heinemann, stands as a testament to this rich musical tradition. It invites listeners on an enthralling journey through sound, emotion and exploration. As the album evolves, it delves into angular, deeply exploratory soundscapes. Thus, Baker's dexterous harmonic variations blend seamlessly with ...

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Rempis / Abrams / Ra + Jim Baker: Scylla

Read "Scylla" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Avreeayl Ra sets the tone for this entire live set as his voice and mbira open Scylla, “this is for all the survivors." According to Greek mythology Scylla was a beautiful woman who turned into a monster with four eyes and six long snaky necks with heads, each containing three rows of shark's teeth and 12 tentacle legs plus six dog's heads wrapped her waist. Recorded deep into the Covid-19 pandemic, in July 2021, at Chicago's Elastic Arts, one would ...

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Jim Baker: More Questions Than Answers

Read "More Questions Than Answers" reviewed by Germein Linares

A constantly introspective and inquisitive sound haunts More Questions Than Answers, Jim Baker's aptly titled solo debut. Baker is a Chicago-based musician who often ventures out with like-minded improvisers on projects like Ken Vandermark's Caffeine and Cornelius Cardew's Treatise. Here, Baker is left to his own devices, forging an interesting path for ten piano pieces and three synthesizer interludes.

Most of the offerings are a brief three to four minutes in length, with the acoustic pieces probing about ...

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Jim Baker: More Questions Than Answers

Read "More Questions Than Answers" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The liner notes to Jim Baker's first Delmark release are full of apologies. He writes that maybe he should have done an ensemble session with some of the musicians he has been working with lately, like Kent Kessler, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang, Josh Abrams, Steve Hunt, Brian Sandstrom, or Avreeyal Ra. He thinks these “free improvisations" might not be “entirely free from tune-like influence and says, “If I were to do another one of these solo recordings, maybe I would ...

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Mike Reed Duos With Jim Baker, Nicole Mitchell and Jeff Parker on 482 Music

Mike Reed Duos With Jim Baker, Nicole Mitchell and Jeff Parker on 482 Music

Source: All About Jazz

AVON, CT -- Drummer Mike Reed joins forces with three fellow mainstays of the Chicago improvised music scene, Jim Baker (ARP synthesizer), Nicole Mitchell (flute) and Jeff Parker (guitar), for his first release under his own name, In The Context Of (482-1047), coming March 14th on 482 Music. This collection of eight improvised duets finds Reed performing with Parker on two tracks and Baker and Mitchell on three tracks each. Reed has worked extensively with all three players around Chicago ...



Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Horizon Scanners

Clean Feed Records



Aerophonic Records


Seven Bridges

Astral Spirits


June Holiday

Astral Spirits


Dan Phillips Quartet...

Lizard Breath Records


Three Ruminations

From: Seven Bridges
By Jim Baker

Fall Dog Bombs the Moon

From: Seven Bridges
By Jim Baker



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