AJEMIAN, JASON / The Art of Dying -CD *Delmark 581
What makes this group so important is the relationship that exists between its members. Bassist Jason Ajemian (Chicago Underground Trio, Lay All Over It, Born Heller) saxophonist Tim Haldeman, and drummer Nori Tanaka are regulars on the Chicago improv scene. Joined here by vibist Jason Adasiewicz (Loose Assembly, Exploding Star Orchestra, Aat), trumpeter Jaimie Branch, and guitarist Matt Schneider this prolific, expansive and inventive group becomes a sonic family. The interplay between the players is ceaseless in reawakening the heart of what is jazz today. Like a conversation among old friends its intimacy is palpable; warm, friendly and at ease.