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Baker, Jim / More Questions than Answers
Album:More Questions than Answers Collection:Jazz
Artist:Baker, Jim Added:04/2005
Label:Delmark Records 

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Add Date:2005-05-29 Pull Date:2005-07-31 Charts:Jazz
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Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2005-05-27 
Solo piano and sometimes analog synth. Jazz improvisations with an intimate, almost chamber feel, spinning classical/jazz ideas at a casual pace, fast but not showy, with a calm fireside demeanor. Baker throws out clusters and knots of notes, like a calmer Cecil Taylor. Pleasant stuff, but don't go looking for showtune standards here.

Baker is a longtime favorite of the Chicago free-jazz scene, hanging out with the likes of Ken Vandermark. This is his first CD as a leader, but to hear more of him, check out in our library:

* Caffeine (a Vandermark one-off project, nice free jazz)
* Steam (ditto)
* Rosenberg/Baker/Hatwich/Daisy -- Long, aggressive free-jazz tracks
* Baker, Jim/Michael Zerang -- duet pieces, piano and drums

PIANO
1- ECM feel, contemplative but with thick tangly periods
2- Definite bluesy feel, slow
4- Mid/fast calm tumbling
5- A twenty-minute thoughtful ramble, lots of cascading notes at a fairly consistent mid/fast pace
6- More speed and attitude than many tracks. Not that bluesy.
7- Quick footed after a slow start
9- Melodic, with some repeated elements for a more tangible feel
10- Casual, relatively calm
11- Slow, thoughtful
13- Slowly jumbled

SYNTH
3- Tinny tone language, a nice monologue
8- Light wispy noises
12- Grumbles and low rumbles

Track Listing
1.Watching the Interstate 7.Is It Still Mime If ...
2.Tolled Deadpan 8.Mourning Doves
3.Tocsin Du Jour 9.Grey Comedy
4.Happenedstance 10.Hobbesian's Choice
5.Post-Industrial Societies... 11.More Questions than Answers
6.Infinity Trap Blues 12.Airstrip Vespers
 13.Through the Woods, ...