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Baker, Jim / Steve Hunt / Jakob Heinemann: Horizon Scanners (Clean Feed)

Rooted in an approach to the piano trio attributed to Bill Evan's non-hierarchical improvisation, the trio of long-standing collaborators Jim Baker on piano and Steve Hunt on drums & percussion, with younger generation double bassist Jakob Heinemann, bring equal voice to their highly interactive conversations in a mix of live and studio performances.
 

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Jim Baker-piano, synthesizer

Steve Hunt-drums, percussion

Jakob Heinemann-double bass


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UPC: 5609063006636

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF663CD
Squidco Product Code: 34392

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2024
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Track 1 recorded at bel_Air Studios in Chicago, Illinois, on April 30th, 2022, by Todd Carter.
<>br> Tracks 2-7 recorded live at the Hungry Brain in Chicago, Illinois, on April 24th, 2022, by Bill Harris.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Running the gamut between daring twelve-tone interplay, nuanced lyricism and extra-terrestrial synth manipulation, Horizon Scanners announces the arrival of a captivating new Chicagoan piano trio, one steeped in the Windy City's illustrious jazz history, but determined to write its own distinctive chapter.

Steve Hunt (drums and percussion) and Jim Baker (piano and ARP 2600 synth) were both formative players in what would become the talent incubator of Chicago's vibrant free-jazz and improvised-music circuit; Hunt notably serving as an original member of the legendary Hal Russell NRG Ensemble, Baker doing time with the house band at Fred Anderson's renowned Velvet Lounge club. More recently, the pair have performed alongside, among others, Mars Williams, Junius Paul, Dave Rempis, Charles Rumback and Rafael Toral. Joining Hunt and Baker on Horizon Scanners is the livewire Jakob Heinemann (double-bass), a newcomer to the scene whose list of collaborators is already inked with vaunted names such as Roscoe Mitchell, Tomeka Reid and Tim Daisy.

Centred around Baker's dexterous harmonic variations and buoyed by the textural rhythmic guile of Hunt and Heinemann, Horizon Scanners captures a cross-generational trio combining their considerable talents on an astonishingly fertile collection awash with questing vision and bustling creativity. As the album evolves from its intricately figurative, tenderly inquisitive beginnings, the trio seek out a succession of angular, deeply exploratory soundscapes, virtuosic displays of technical refinement further atomised and reconfigured in ebullient Signac-like particles via the reality-warping distortions of Baker's ARP 2600.

As Ken Vandermark writes in his liner notes: "Though it might be easy to call this group a classic 'piano trio; due to its instrumentation, the music documented on Horizon Scanners is part of a specific history which has its roots in Bill Evans' approach to non-hierarchical improvisation created by his band with Scott LaFaro and Paul Motian. This music is combinative, not foreground vs. background. And that is something consistent about Chicago music when it is at its best: multiple voices and perspectives encapsulated equally, whether on the scene as a whole, or within a singular band like this trio."

Upholding their home city's well-honed reputation for sonic exploration, this exceptional trio steers for pyretic waters bubbling with vitality, invention and wonder, seeking out the limits of possibility while negotiating a myriad dazzling ways to get there."-Clean Feed


Artist Biographies

"Jim Baker was born in Chicago a number of years ago and has been playing in and around Chicago and elsewhere in the world for a few decades, mostly on piano and analog synthesizer; mostly in improvisational contexts; in situations involving, amongst others, Fred Anderson, Ken Vandermark, Michael Zerang, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt, Edward WIlkerson Jr, David Boykin, Rob Mazurek, Guillermo Gregorio, Nicole Mitchell, Vincent Davis, the Thing XXL, Tortoise, Dave Rempis, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Paul Hartsaw, Janet Bean, Damon Short, and numerous others.

For a number of years, Mr Baker was the house pianist at the weekly jam sessions at Fred Anderson's Velvet Lounge; and for most of the past decade, has played weekly with the improvising quartet Extraordinary Popular Delusions (the other three Delusions: Messrs. Williams, Sandstrom, & Hunt) , who currently play nearly every monday night at Beat Kitchen in Chicago."

-Milk Factory Productions (http://www.milkfactoryproductions.com/Jim_Baker.html)
4/10/2024

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Steve Hunt is a drummer/percussionist in groups Caffeine, FJF, NRG Ensemble, Witches & Devils.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/808799-Steve-Hunt-3)
4/10/2024

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"Jakob Heinemann is a double bassist, composer, improviser and sound artist working between Chicago and Madison, WI. My interests are wide-ranging, but tend to center on close listening, environmental composition, and open collaborations with other artists. As a bass player, I frequently perform freely improvised music, and count myself as a member of the rich and varied community of creative musicians in Chicago. As a composer and sound artist, I utilize field recordings, spectral analysis, and traditional scoring to sonify my local community, seeking to document and understand a sense of place in a radically changing environment. I have been fortunate to work with some incredible artists over the years including Roscoe Mitchell, Tomeika Reid, Mike Reed, Jim Baker, and Dave Rempis."

-Jakob Heinemann Website (https://jakobheinemann.com/)
4/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Mozart 7:53

2. Halting (No) Problem, Pt.1 8:47

3. Halting (No) Problem, Pt.2 5:37

4. Halting (No) Problem, Pt.3 3:24

5. Helv 6:20

6. Bloom 9:14

7. The Ships 8:16

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