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Jamie Baum Septet: Solace

Solace is a no-frills, 74-minute-long major statement by flutist, composer and arranger Jamie Baum. Its impressive centerpiece is her four-part “Ives Suite,” the first two parts-each titled “Time Traveler”-based on Charles Ives’ “Fourth Symphony,” and parts three and four based on his “The Unanswered Question.” Baum wanted to “communicate the spirit and feel his music has, put to a jazz context,” and uses the tools that the iconoclastic Ives relied on in the early 20th century, such as polyphony, polyrhythms and dissonance. Part three, “Questions Unanswered,” is particularly striking, where Kyoko Kitamura’s atonal vocalizing and then her chanting of the words “misleading,” “unintended,” “blame” and “grey zone,” in addition to recorded excerpts from speeches by President John F. Kennedy, all combine to form a powerful anti-war statement.

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