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

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2005-05-29 Pull Date: 2005-07-31 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Jul 24 Jul 17 Jul 3 Jun 26 Jun 12 Jun 5
Airplays: 2 1 1 1 2 2

Recent Airplay
1. Jul 22, 2005: Memory Select
Tocsin Du Jour
4. Jul 01, 2005: Memory Select
Infinity Trap Blues
2. Jul 19, 2005: Umami Jazz Program
Is It Still Mime If ...
5. Jun 21, 2005: Umami Jazz Program
Tolled Deadpan
3. Jul 12, 2005: Umami Jazz Program
6. Jun 11, 2005: Morning Glory
Watching the Interstate

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

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

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, ...