jaimie branch Fly or Die Fly or Die Fly or Die ((world war)) LP

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Coming August 25, 2023 pre-order your copy today! Orders with both pre-order and in stock items will have all in stock items shipped immediately!

Brooklyn-Based Jazz Trumpeter's First Posthumous Album on Vinyl LP!
Pressed at Pallas!

Pitchfork 50 Best Albums of 2023 - Rated 28/50!

In July of 2022, just one month before jaimie branch's death sent shock waves around the world, the trumpet player and composer was in Chicago at International Anthem studios putting finishing touches on an album. It was a suite of music she had composed and then recorded with her flagship ensemble, Fly or Die, over the course of a residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska. In her wake, the album was near complete, with only mixing tweaks, final titles, and artwork to be fully realized. In the months following, her family (led by sister Kate Branch), her band (Jason Ajemian, Lester St. Louis, and Chad Taylor), and her collaborators at IARC banded together to gather memories, texts, emails, photographs, artwork and fragments belonging to jaimie to light the path forward. The goal was always to do what jaimie would have done. Packaged in stunning artwork by John Herndon, Damon Locks, and branch herself, Fly or Die Fly or Die Fly or Die ((world war)) is jaimie's final album with her Fly or Die quartet.

From the album's liner notes, written by jaimie's Fly or Die bandmates:

"jaimie never had small ideas. She always thought big. The minute you told her she couldn't do something, or that something would be too difficult to accomplish, the more determined and focused she became. And this album is big. Far bigger and more demanding - for us, and for you - than any other Fly or Die record. For this, jaimie wanted to play with longer forms, more modulations, more noise, more singing, and as always, grooves and melodies. She was a dynamic melodicist. jaimie wanted this album to be lush, grand and full of life, just as she was. Every time we take a listen, we feel the deep imprint of her all over the music, and we see all of us making it together."


  • 140g Vinyl
  • Pressed at Pallas in Germany
  • Lacquers Cut by Daniel K at SST
  • Metallic Silver-Foil Sleeve
  • Large Fold-Out Poster Insert
  • IARC OBI Strip
  • Dome-Patterned Inner Sleeve
  • Liner Notes from jaimie's Fly or Die Bandmates
  • Artwork by John Herndon, Damon Locks & jaimie branch


jaimie branch trumpet, voice, keyboard, percussion, happy apple
Lester St. Louis cello, voice, flute, marimba, keyboard
Jason Ajemian double bass, electric bass, voice, marimba
Chad Taylor drums, mbira, timpani, bells, marimba
Nick Broste trombone (on track 5 & 6)
Rob Frye flute (track 5), bass clarinet (track 5, 6 & 7)
Akenya Seymour voice (track 5)
Daniel Villarreal conga and percussion (track 2, 5, 6 & 7)
Kuma Dog voice (track 5)


  1. aurora rising
  2. borealis dancing
  3. burning grey
  4. the mountain
  5. baba louie
  6. bolinko bass
  7. and kuma walks
  8. take over the world
  9. world war ((reprise))

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