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Jamie Baum: In This Life

Flutist-composer Jamie Baum’s previous albums included overt tributes to Bartók, Stravinsky, Ives and trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, influences that form a nice approximation of the intricate chamber-jazz Baum put forth with her longstanding septet. On In This Life she hybridizes that signature style with music inspired by her trips to South Asia, especially the devotional Qawwali music of the late Pakistani Sufi vocal dynamo Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. She has also revamped and slightly expanded her septet for this project, which she unabashedly claims on her website to be her “best to date.” She may be right: The highlights are certainly enthralling.

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