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DNP Jamie Baum Septet: In This Life

Cover art for the Jamie Baum Septet's CD "In This Life"

In this life, flutist Jamie Baum has studied hard and worked tirelessly to present her music to audiences around the globe.

A graduate of Manhattan School of Music and New England Conservatory of Music, Ms. Baum has worked with Randy Brecker, Paul Motian, Fred Hersch, George Russell, Billy Hart and Tom Harrell, among others.

She's been nominated numerous times as Flutist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist Association, selected as Rising Star Flute by the Downbeat Critics Poll and traveled as a Jazz Ambassador on US State Department sponsored tours through South America.

Jazz Journal International says she has "developed a strong, personal sound with almost flawless intonation... a fine composer with imagination in abundance." Sounds about right.

With In This Life, her fifth album as leader and her third fronting her septet, Jamie takes the inspiration of a trip in South Asia and the music of the late Pakistani Qawwali vocalist Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn, and gives the listener a warm, virtuosic album that reveals more with each listen.

"Nusrat," a tribute to the aforementioned singer, starts quietly, and then swirls with the ensemble in original and vivid musical detail. Other highlights of this new effort are "In Another Life," "While We Are Here" and "Inner Voices."

For In This Life Jamie assembled trumpeters Amir ElSaffar and Taylor Haskins, guitarist Brad Shepik and pianist John Escreet. Returning septet members include Douglas Yates on alto sax and bass clarinet, drummer Jeff Hirshfield and Chris Komer on French horn, with the rhythm section filled out by bassist Zack Lober, Dan Weiss on tabla and percussionist Samuel Torres.

The chance to play this music in performance a number of times before going into the studio to record, strengthened the interplay between leader and bandmates.

In This Life comes out October 8 from Sunnyside Records. The Jamie Baum Septet performs this music live on October 4 at Princeton University, and on November 19 at Jazz Standard in New York.

                - Gary Walker, WBGO Music Director

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