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Jamie Baum: Sight Unheard

Jamie Baum is an exciting musician whose playing and composing are at the heart of one of the year’s most innovative projects. A nonpareil flutist who dances to a “drummer” whose spiritual sources embrace Bartok, Ligeti and Webern as well as Coltrane, Coleman and Davis, Baum can perhaps best be described as an abstract lyricist. On the haunting title track, for example, the dark meldings of alto flute and trumpet evoke a noirish nightscape galvanized by adventurous forays led by Baum and pianist Kenny Werner.

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