Jaimie Branch

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Fly or Die (2017), 7/10
Anteloper: Pink Dolphins (2022), 6.5/10
Fly or Die II - Bird Dogs of Paradise (2019), 6/10

Chicago's white female trumpeter Jaimie Branch was a member of Keefe Jackson's Project Project that recorded Just Like This (2007) and of Tim Daisy's New Fracture Quartet that recorded 1000 Lights (2008). She formed several bands and recorded Smart Bombs (2013) under the moniker Bullet Hell. She moved to New York to seek treatment for heroin addiction, and remained there to start a professional career. She was a member of the Sun Ra-inspired Galactic Unity Ensemble that recorded We Have Always Been Here (2017), with Todd Carter and Brent Gutzeit of TV Pow, Adam Vida of U.S. Maple, Tim Kinsella of Joan Of Arc, percussionist Michael Zerang, and others. She recorded Fly or Die (2017), the first album credited to her, in a quartet with cellist Tomeka Reid, bassist Jason Ajemian and drummer Chad Taylor, notably The Storm. She also sang on the follow-up, Fly or Die II - Bird Dogs of Paradise (november 2018), notably in Prayer for Amerikkka Pt.1 and 2, accompanied by cellist Lester St Louis, Ajemian and Taylor.

Anteloper was a duo with Jason Nazary, both of them on electronics besides trumpet. The cassette Kudu (june 2017) documents improvisations at the border between free-jazz and post-rock. The duo's second album, Pink Dolphins (2022), produced by Jeff Parker (who also plays guitar), contains the 15-minute One Living Genus. Fly or Die Live (january 2020) was recorded with cellist Lester St. Louis, bassist Jason Ajemian and drummer Chad Taylor.

She also formed Mofaya with tenor saxophonist John Dikeman, bassist Luke Stewart and drummer Aleksandar Skoric, a band that recorded Like One Long Dream (2021).

She also played keyboards and percussion and sang on Fly Or Die Fly Or Die Fly Or Die (april 2022) with Lester St Louis (cello, voice, flute, marimba, keyboard), Jason Ajemian (double and electric bass, voice, marimba) and Chad Taylor (drums, mbira, timpani, bells), plus, as guests, Nick Broste (trombone), Rob Frye (flute and bass clarinet), Daniel Villarreal (conga and percussion) and vocalists Akenya Seymour and Kuma Dog.

Jaimie Branch died in 2022 at the age of 39.

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