Reviews that mention Jaimie Branch

July 14, 2019

Chris Welcome

Beyond All Things
Live at the Bushwick Series GauciMusic No #

Pipeline 8

Prayer

WE INSIST! Records CD WEIN 02

Endowed with the multiple instrumental tinctures expected from a larger band yet malleable enough to shift sequences at will the octet has long been a favored vehicle for musical exploration. But just as having four wheels doesn’t make one car the same as another, so working with eight players doesn’t end up with the same sounds – even in conception.

Organized by Italian bass clarinetist Giancarlo Nino Locatelli, Prayer for instance, is a boisterous salute to the late soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, an important influence on Locatelli, who has also worked in groups like the Fish Horn Quartet and the Tai-No Orchestra. Consisting in the main of Lacy compositions the interpretations are by some of the most accomplished Mediterranean improvisers such as pianist Alberto Braida, who worked in duo with Locatelli, trombonist Sebi Tramontana, trumpeter Gabriele Mitelli, percussionist Cristiano Calcagnile, guitarist Gianmaria Aprile, cellist Luca Tilli and bassist Andrea Grossi. MORE

April 12, 2019

James Brandon Lewis

An UnRuly Manifesto
Relative Pitch RPR 1078

John Dikeman/George Hadow/Dirk Serries/Martina Verhoeven/Luis Vicente

Ideal Principle

Raw Tonk Records RT 035

With identical instrumentation but differing conceptions, one American and one European ensemble have created programs of contemporary improvisation. Seemingly taking his cues from that period when the freedom expressed by Ornette Coleman’s initial Free Jazz breakthrough was adapted to fit the rhythmic thrust of Hard Bop is tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis. To do so through additional musical textures, he’s expanded his regular trio of bassist Luke Stewart and drummer Warren Trae Crudup III with the energy emanating from the trumpeter Jaimie Branch and guitarist Anthony Pirog. More attuned to the sort of understated pure improv that moderated the initial American model while building on it is the other CD. Here the cast includes British drummer George Hadow, Portuguese trumpeter Luis Vicente, guitarist Dirk Serries and bassist Martina Verhoeven from Belgium and Amsterdam-based American tenor and alto saxophonist John Dikeman. MORE

January 6, 2018

NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll

2017 Ballot
Ken Waxman

This year’s 10 best New Releases listed in descending order one-through-ten.

1. Sophie Agnel/Daunik Lazro Marguerite d’Or PâleFou Records FR-CD 21

2. Jason Kao Hwang Sing House Euonymus EU 03

3. Alexander Hawkins Unit[e] AH 1002/3

4. Heliosonic Tone-tette Heliosonic Toneways Vol. 1 ScienSonic Laboratories SS10

5. Tiziano Tononi & Daniele Cavallanti Nexus Experience Nexus!Rudi Records RRJ1035

6. Arashi Semikujira Trost TR 146

7. Harris Eisenstadt Recent Developments Songlines SGL 1620-2 MORE

July 28, 2017

Jaimie Branch

Fly or Die
International Anthem Recording CO 0011

The Bridge Sessions 05

Escape Lane

The Bridge TBS05

Testament to Chicago’s reputation as an incubator of brass talent, which goes back as far Louis Armstrong apprenticeship there in the 1920s, are these CDs featuring trumpeters Jaimie Branch and Marquis Hill. Like the Windy City`s distinctive and somewhat chaotic transit system each has chosen an individual path of expression, and, perhaps inevitably, each has since decamped for New York.

Balancing rhythmic power, a muscular feel and a hint of repressed violence, which introduce Metal and Punk currents in her playing is Branch on Fly or Die, with it linked to the stellar backing of cellist Tomeka Reid, bassist Jason Ajemian and drummer Chad Taylor. There’s also occasional input from dual cornetists Ben Lamar Gay and Josh Berman and guitarist Matt Schneider. Although conversant with hip-hop textures, on his CD Marquis Hill’s approach is polished into a slick adaptation of moderato Bop, matched with an analogous adjustment from guitarist Jeff Parker, better-known for his Rock-inflected work. At the same time the seven improvisations are put together to measure the partnership between the two Americans and two European musicians, Belgian bassist Joachim Florent, who has been involved with electronic-oriented and notated projects; and French drummer Denis Fournier who has dabbled in World Music as well as playing with Jazzers such as bassist Bernard Santacruz and trumpeter Jean-Luc Cappozzo. MORE