Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Baker/Heinemann/Hunt trio at the Sugar Maple in Milwaukee on February 9, 2024

I first saw pianist Jim Baker and drummer Steve Hunt perform in very early 1994 after moving to Chicago. They helped form a core of musicians who were involved in a mini-Renaissance of the jazz scene in Chicago from roughly 1992-99. This jazz scene had deep roots with the Chicago rock scene of the time and included such musicians as Ken Vandermark, Mars Williams, Hamid Drake, and Kent Kessler. Also extremely important to that scene was author John Corbett, whose regular gig as a DJ on Northwestern University radio station WNUR had a galvanizing effect on the spread of left-field avant garde free jazz in the city.

Still quite active, the pair have now teamed up with the young bassist Jakob Heinemann, who originally hails from Madison. The trio recently released a CD of their music on the Clean Feed label entitled Horizon Scanners and were in town at the venerable Sugar Maple for a CD release show.

I was able to use a pair of delightful wide cardioid microphones made by the Swedish company Line Audio along with a Shure SM58 placed inside the house piano.

Buy their new album here.

Recording information:

Milwaukee, WI at the Sugar Maple

Jim Baker: piano, ARP, viola
Jakob Heinemann: bass
Steve Hunt: percussion

01 First Part (11:24)
02 Second Part (20:17)
03 Third Part (7:20)
04 Fourth Part (18:29)
05 Fifth Part (22:24)
06 Sixth Part (6:22)

Total time = 86:16

Microphones: Line Audio CM3 pair in NOS configuration in front row and single Shure SM58 inside the piano
Recorder: Sound Devices MixPre6ii at 32/96
Software: Audacity, Fission, xAct


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Here is a video from a performance at constellation in Chicago on the next day:

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