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Chase Baird: A Life Between

Read "A Life Between" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Chase Baird is a New York-based saxophonist who combines jazz with other musical genres. His work on this CD can sport, at various times, the melodicism of classical music, the sharp angles of progressive rock or the blunt thrust of funk. A very talented group of musicians helps him fulfill his vision here, including Brad Mehldau on piano and Antonio Sanchez on drums. On several tracks Baird's broad tenor gets to soar over bumpy rhythmic terrain such as ...

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Chase Baird: Crosscurrent

Read "Crosscurrent" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Crosscurrent is 22 year-old tenor saxophonist/composer Chase Baird's debut as a leader. These are the basic facts, but they fail to convey anything meaningful about the music to be found here. Crosscurrent doesn't sound like a debut album: Baird's sax playing doesn't sound like it comes from a 22 year-old. This is a beautifully assured recording, full of lovely ensemble playing and creative solos from Baird--who attracted the attention and support of Michael Brecker when Baird was aged just 14--and ...


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