Most of these tracks are pretty chill. More to the point, though, they’re tracks that I like to chill to. Some of them are tracks that meant a lot to me a long time ago; some of them are things that I’m listening to right now. Some of them are really pushing the bounds in some respects. But if there’s any one common thread that runs through all of them, it’s just an awesome brass sound. — Jaimie Branch
Booker Little, trumpet
At the Five Spot (Prestige, 1961)
“Aggression” is maybe the all-time best document of Booker Little, who was a contemporary of Clifford Brown’s and influenced by him—but took the trumpet to another place. Booker’s sound is more biting, and he also had a more linear, melodically based message than Brownie. “Aggression” is one of the last documents of Booker: Shortly after this recording he passed away at the age of 23.