What reviewers have to say about Jamie Baum: Moving Forward, Standing Still (OmniTone 15206)
and arranging skills shine forth ... an uncanny
aggregation of looseness, and perfection."
—Glenn Astarita, Down Beat
huge step forward from her already impressive 1997 debut, Jamie Baum's
third album as a leader is simply outstanding.... [A] sense
of musical freedom, an unwillingness to limit herself simply
to staid throughcomposed pieces, post-bop jazz classicism, or free
improv experimentalism, but to mix and match the elements that suit
her needs on a piece-by-piece basis, is what sets Baum apart from many
of her peers, and what makes Moving Forward, Standing Still an
immensely satisfying, exciting listen."
—Stuart Mason, AllMusic.com [Read
review on line]
- "...ambitious writing
for a state-of-the-art septet.... an intriguing
balance between motion and suspension, between the smoothly driving grooves ... and
the cool, ambiguous, almost suspended feel of the horn charts ... an
accomplished and enjoyable disc." —Nate
exquisite affirmation of Baum's compositional genius, with
arrangements that progress seamlessly from one arresting dynamic
to another, and solos arising from an undulating fabric of sound. It's
not the kind of music you'll ever hear on the radio, but its
brilliance is utterly accessible and so aesthetically rewarding that
comparing it to the parade of market-wise blowing session and conceptual
contrivances out there is useless."
—Thomas Stauder, The Gazette (Croton, CT)
- "...exhilirating adventurousness ...
rooted in swing ... it's the combination of composition and improvising
that makes this album so fulfilling. Baum herself is a terrific
jazz musician, with impressive control, dynamics, ideas, and swing.... In
fact, everybody here shines.... With Moving Forward, Standing
Still, Jamie Baum has made a serious and
possibly significant contribution to jazz."
—Marc Meyers, AllAboutJazz.com [Read
review on line]
- "'Moving Forward,
Standing Still,' combines the elements of classical music with the
fluid formats of jazz improvisation. It
works amazingly well."
—Steve Wildsmith, The Daily Times (Nashville, TN) [Read
spirit of discovery will tap in to the strings of your soul within
moments of the title track startup, & like a good reading book, you
won't be able to 'put it down' until th' last note. Jazz
listeners around the globe will agree with my rating of MOST HIGHLY
RECOMMENDED... be sure to file this one as a 'keeper'!"
—Rotcod Zzaj, Rotcod.com