Jaimie branch, a trumpeter who combined punk and improvised music, died Monday in Brooklyn. Chicago-based label announced her death.

At one moment, Branch's trumpet would sound brash and conflagratory, and at the next, it would sound bleary and contemplative.

Over the previous five years, she had gained a large international fan base and received widespread praise from critics.

She was an accomplished producer and electronic artist who recently forayed into spoken and singing vocals.

"She showed us how the trumpet could engage in music differently," trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas tells NPR.

"She wanted to synthesise her inspirations and take them to new levels. Our community is devastated."

From the warm murmur of Chet Baker to the sly blare of Lester Bowie, those influences ranged widely.

Branch knew how to place her sound within an assertive band, sometimes cutting through and sometimes burrowing in.

On FLY or DIE LIVE, she bobbles and weaves against a dub rhythm before the beat dissolves into static.

Despite the fact that it is a standalone piece, it manages to capture the essence of branch's approach to improvising music very well.

Branch was born in Huntington, N.Y., on June 17, 1983. Her older half-brother inspired her to pursue music.

At age 3, she began playing the piano; by age 9, she had switched to trumpet. She recalled that it became apparent within a short period of time that this would be her calling.