Aidan Baker ‎– Still Life

Primary Numbers ‎– PRIMA002

Companies, etc.


  • Instrumentation By [Instrumentation:], Piano, Drums, BassAidan Baker


Inner Panels:
Recorded winter 2010 at Commonwealth Studios in Toronto, Canada
Thanks to JD & HD for the space & the piano...
© Ah Syd Music 2011

Other Notes:
Packaged in a double-gatefold 8-panel cardboard cover.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: MVD1582 3412-CD-5008 11-107-22
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LK13



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May 6, 2012
Good luck keeping up with Aidan Baker – the man releases a dozen albums a year. In the past I managed to get my hands on his Liminoid / Lifeforms (Alien8, 2010) and in 2012 alone Baker has already put out three full lengths – one of them documents his tour with Thisquietarmy, the other is a double CD with a handful of collaborators on The Spectrum Of Distraction (Robotic Empire, 2012). But nevermind that for a moment, and let’s pretend that Baker only manages to put only one great record a year. So could that one record be Still Life? Upon the very first listening the most striking element of this experimental jazz record is the versatility of its players. Or rather, a single player – it seems that Baker managed to compose, play and record all parts of piano, upright bass, and (most impressively) drums, all by himself. I was also unprepared for the laid back cool rhythms, atmospheric riffs and smokey chords – my previous exposure has set an expectation of guitar driven noise and drones. Recorded during the winter of 2010 in his hometown of Toronto (Canada), the pieces are looped and layered over each other to create a potpourri of many musicians playing at once. The epic fourteen minute conclusion of this release, titled “Complex Iconographical Symbiology” is almost hypnotic in its minimalism, tending to fall a bit on a moodier side, while keeping the ticking rhythm upbeat. Throughout the four pieces on Still Life, the acclaimed multi-instrumentalist demonstrates his comfort level with the genre, fitting closer to the output of Bohren, Kammerflimmer Kollektief, Blue Note and perhaps a hint of The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation.