"As the band name suggests, there was a breakneck, YOLO verve to everything Branch did that goes double here. Wolf-like howls punctuate these tracks, vying for primacy with scything, bowed strings. Rhythms drive, tumble and sashay" - the Guardian writes reviewing the posthumous album by jazz trumpeter Jaimie Branch and her bend Fly or Die (5 of 5 stars is the verdict). Pitchfork points out that "'((world war))' provides a precious document of her artistry... and a reminder that the struggle for a better world is a beautiful and worthwhile endeavor" (tagged in Best New Music, with grade 8.5). Treblezine likes how borderless and non-final it is: "These nine songs burst about with full-throttle, hellion-rowdy, freaky consciousness-expanding shaman type verve... If anything, it’s a lovely bouillabaisse of branch’s way of gathering the tribes and bringing folks together".

Makaya McCraven

People behind Chicago label International Anthem like it to be defined as "boundary-defying music", or at least “jazz and its offshoots”, “jazz-identified music”, and “post-jazz” instead, especially with its two founders, Scottie McNiece and David Allen, coming from a DIY-punk scene. McNiece said they wanted to create publish music that was modern and less academic - “It was very important to us to create a more inviting entry point”. by now, they've released local musicians such as Makaya McCraven, jaimie branch, Damon Locks, Junius Paul, and Angel Bat Dawid.

Jaimie Branch

Both Stereogum and PopMatters made their lists of best jazz albums of 2019 and the lists don't coincide much, which is interesting to see since both websites come from contemporary pop-music milieu. Stereogum chose Jaimie Branch's 'Fly Or Die II: Bird Dogs Of Paradise' as the jazz album of the year, while PM divided its […]