Jane Ira Bloom – Early Americans (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Jane Ira Bloom
Title: Early Americans
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2016
Duration: 00:52:27
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Sono Luminus

Jane Ira Bloom is among the still-small number of jazz saxophonists to have concentrated primarily on the soprano (though many play it as a second or third horn), and she has been at it for quite a while now. In fact, Early Americans is Bloom's 16th release under her own name (her debut recording appeared in 1978). Although Bloom has been associated with some fairly avant-garde players, her own concerns are fairly straight and straightforward, apart from an occasional use of subtle electronic effects. She deals with melodies and improvisations that are easy to follow and develop naturally. But she is, more importantly, an effective writer and rock-solid instrumentalist with an original sound and approach to her horn. The listener who wants to find antecedents can certainly hear the influence of both Coltrane and Steve Lacy, but even then, what one hears is what Bloom has done with these influences, which is alway something personal. Bassist Mark Helias and drummer Bobby Previte have both worked with Bloom for many years, and enter into things with obvious relish. Bloom for her part sounds relaxed and masterful on this, her first trio date, delivering one of the most convincing documents in a long and valuable career.

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 flgelhornist 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


  1. Song Patrol - 3:02
  2. Dangerous Times - 4:21
  3. Nearly (for Kenny Wheeler) - 1:51
  4. Hips & Sticks - 5:35
  5. Singing The Triangle - 5:23
  6. Other Eyes - 3:07
  7. Rhyme Or Rhythm - 3:24
  8. Mind Gray River - 5:29
  9. Cornets Of Paradise - 3:33
  10. Say More - 3:55
  11. Gateway To Progress - 5:48
  12. Big Bill - 4:23
  13. Somewhere - 2:36



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