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Jane Ira Bloom: Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson (Outline)

At the risk of courting gender stereotypes, there is a congruence between the way a ballerina moves and the music Jane Ira Bloom derives from her soprano saxophone on Wild Lines. To be able to blend refined grace and tensile strength into such an aesthetically pleasing flow requires both painstaking discipline and intuitive freedom. Bloom … Read More “Jane Ira Bloom: Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson (Outline)”

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Jane ira Bloom: Sixteen Sunsets

Jane Ira Bloom has always been a lyrical player, but on her first ballads collection, stripped of technical enhancements, this elite soprano saxophonist reveals new depths. Leading a quartet including Dominic Fallacaro, a young pianist with a nice light touch, she commands a double album’s worth of the slow stuff, rarely raising her voice or … Read More “Jane ira Bloom: Sixteen Sunsets”

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Jane Ira Bloom: Wingwalker

For her 14th album as a leader, Jane Ira Bloom offers pieces-all are original compositions except for one-that might best be thought of as sound sculptures. That description applies even to the sole standard, a closing version of the Lerner and Loewe ballad “I Could Have Danced All Night” that finds Bloom’s graceful and resonant … Read More “Jane Ira Bloom: Wingwalker”

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