14 Songs, 1 Hour, 17 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It isn’t all that common to hear someone only play soprano sax; its tone can be shrill in the hands of lesser players. Yet the award-winning Jane Ira Bloom skillfully highlights the lyrical and musical qualities of her instrument. This is particularly the case on this program of standards and originals. A ballad-heavy set offers its own challenges, but Bloom and pianist Dominic Fallacaro, bassist Cameron Brown, and drummer Matt Wilson slow-dance their way through the album with a quiet intensity. That many of the melodies are recognizable further illustrates the beauty of Bloom’s tone; check out the solo version of “My Ship” or “Too Many Reasons.” Yet her writing also holds up well against these imposing tunes, particularly on the elegant “What She Wanted” and “Primary Colors,” which is an uplifting Latin tune that breaks the quiet spell for a moment. The title here comes from a quote by an astronaut who listed one of the perks of orbiting Earth; now Bloom (who's been commissioned to write music for NASA) offers 14 musical sunsets of her own.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It isn’t all that common to hear someone only play soprano sax; its tone can be shrill in the hands of lesser players. Yet the award-winning Jane Ira Bloom skillfully highlights the lyrical and musical qualities of her instrument. This is particularly the case on this program of standards and originals. A ballad-heavy set offers its own challenges, but Bloom and pianist Dominic Fallacaro, bassist Cameron Brown, and drummer Matt Wilson slow-dance their way through the album with a quiet intensity. That many of the melodies are recognizable further illustrates the beauty of Bloom’s tone; check out the solo version of “My Ship” or “Too Many Reasons.” Yet her writing also holds up well against these imposing tunes, particularly on the elegant “What She Wanted” and “Primary Colors,” which is an uplifting Latin tune that breaks the quiet spell for a moment. The title here comes from a quote by an astronaut who listed one of the perks of orbiting Earth; now Bloom (who's been commissioned to write music for NASA) offers 14 musical sunsets of her own.

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5:02
7:48
7:14
6:28
5:17
6:23
4:34
7:34
4:27
5:42
4:31
2:43
4:30
5:28

Ratings and Reviews

5 out of 5

5 Ratings

5 Ratings

Wonderful music

Oxford96

I heard this CD reviewed on NPR and quickly made note of it. There was something within the thoughtful arraignments, the careful and meticulous intonation that spoke to me--and I was hooked. It’s playing now as I write and it’s a perfect CD for managing life’s stress. I’m not a jazz guy, per se, but in my late 50’s, with the full weight of the world still squarely pressing on every inch of my shoulders, music like this is worthy of a dimly lit room after a long day of navigating the human condition.

About Jane Ira Bloom

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 as an undergraduate, Yale School of Music for graduate study, and studied privately at Berklee College of Music with Joe Viola. She moved to New York in the late '70s and studied with a former Miles Davis sideman, the saxophonist George Coleman. Bloom formed her own label (Outline) and began recording her own albums; pianist Fred Hersch was a frequent collaborator. In 1982 Enja released Mighty Lights, Bloom's first album for a label other than her own. In the late '80s she recorded a pair of albums for Columbia, on which she dabbled -- somewhat tentatively, it can be argued -- in electronics. Most of her recorded work since has been for the Arabesque label.

Bloom has won several awards for her music, including a 2001 Jazz Journalists Award and the Down Beat Critics Poll. Bloom's interest in space exploration helped her earn a commission from NASA's Art Program, and she has also had an asteroid named for her by the International Astronomical Union. Among the musicians who have worked in Bloom-led bands are flügelhornist Kenny Wheeler, bassist Charlie Haden, drummer Bobby Previte, and trombonist Julian Priester. Bloom is also involved with a collaborative world music group, Atlantic/Pacific Waves, with Chinese pipa player Min Xiao-Fen, Korean komungo player Jin Hi Kim, and jazz bassist Mark Dresser. Bloom has also composed for dance and television. ~ Chris Kelsey

  • ORIGIN
    Boston, MA
  • GENRE
    Jazz
  • BORN
    1955

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