Monday, 2 March 2020

Jaimie Branch ‎– Fly Or Die (2016)

Style: Avant-garde Jazz, Free Improvisation
Format: CD, Vinyl
Label: International Anthem Recording Company

01.   Jump Off
02.   Theme 001
03.   ...Meanwhile
04.   Theme 002
05.   Leaves Of Glass
06.   The Storm
07.   Waltzer
08.   Fly Or Die
09.   Theme Nothing
10.   ...Back at The Ranch

Bass – Jason Ajemian
Cello – Tomeka Reid
Cornet – Ben Lamar Gay, Josh Berman
Drums – Chad Taylor
Guitar – Matt Schneider
Mastered By – Shelly Steffens
Photography By [Insert] – Peter Gannushkin
Recorded By, Mixed By – Dave Vettraino, David Allen
Trumpet, Composed By – Jaimie Branch

Improvisational trumpeter and electronics artist Jaimie Branch, a Chicago native, began playing trumpet at the age of nine. Doing double-duty, she has also worked around her home town as a sound engineer for Tim Daisy and Ken Vandermark. A relative newcomer, Branch moved to New York to complete a Master's degree in in Jazz Performance and settled down in the music mecca of Brooklyn. Fly or Die is her solo debut and it is a unique and unconventional introduction. 
Musically, Branch has worked not only with Daisy and Vandermark but also with avant-garde cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, William Parker and Matana Roberts. Assembling a cadre of local Chicago notables for her first outing, Branch has stacked the deck with top notch talent reflecting her own drawing power. Drummer Chad Taylor is best known as one-half of the Chicago Underground Duo with cornetist Rob Mazurek and a member of many Mazurek formations. Bassist Jason Ajemian has also worked with Mazurek and Roberts as well as Marc Ribot and Matt Bauder. Cellist Tomeka Reid has deep roots in the AACM, collaborating with Anthony Braxton, Nicole Mitchell, George Lewis and Roscoe Mitchell. 
Karl Ackermann / All About Jazz

Ian Simmonds ‎– Last States Of Nature (1999)

Style: Future Jazz, Downtempo
Format: CD, Vinyl
Label: Studio !K7 Records

1.   Theme To The Last Puma
2.   The Ice Waltz (Sweet Mix)
3.   Man With No Thumbs
4.   Trying To Breathe
5.   The Millenium Question
6.   The Leopard
7.   Stray
8.   N.V.Y.
9.   The Preacher

Mastered By – Chris Zippel
Composer, Photography, Primary Artist, Producer - Ian Simmonds