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Jane Ira Bloom looms as one of the most important soprano saxophonists in modern jazz. Armed with a distinctive tone and a proclivity to execute serpentine lines amid various tremolo and vibrato techniques, the artist also reaps the benefits of a topnotch rhythm section on this 2001 release. Throughout, drummer Bobby Previte and bassist Mark Dresser provide sympathetic yet quietly energetic support on this multifarious set, consisting of variegated swing motifs, subtle interludes, and exploratory themes. However, Bloom's expressive phraseology, acute integration of memorable melodies with free jazz-style dialogue, and penchant for intertwining spirited lyricism with fiery passion provide an enticing contrast to pianist Vincent Bourgeyx' rhythmically charged chord progressions. Otherwise, Bloom's tranquil yet hauntingly beautiful solo soprano saxophone performance on the standard "How Are Things in Glocca Morra" demonstrates her near flawless utilization of space and eloquent conveyance of heartfelt sentiment.


Born: 1955 in Boston, MA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

One of the few full-time soprano saxophonists in jazz, Jane Ira Bloom is also recognized as one of the most accomplished. While not an avant-gardist per se, Bloom works on the forward edge of the mainstream. Compositionally her music draws heavily on traditional jazz precepts of swing and tonality/modality, yet her concept of form and structure is quite personal; overall her music bears the stamp of an individual thinker. Bloom began playing music around the age of 12. She attended Yale University...
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