Saxophonist Chase Baird has released his sophomore LP, A Life Between, which arrives nine years after his bandleader debut, Crosscurrent.
Baird and his band—namely, drummer Antonio Sanchez, pianist Brad Mehldau, guitarist Nir Felder and bassist Dan Chmielinski—recorded the album in a single day. The LP bursts out the gates with the grungy single “Ripcord,” and closes with a rendition of Robert Schumann’s “Im wunderschönen Monat Mai,” which translates from German to “In the Beautiful Month of May.”
Instead of dramatically reimagining the sleepy love song, Baird opts to let the track breathe, making for a tender conclusion to the record. “I wanted to write and play songs more as vehicles for group improvisation than as intricate compositions,” Baird said of “Im wunderschönen Monat Mai” in a press release. “To let the band get into a vibe and take off.”
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