Jane Ira Bloom: The Red Quartets (1999)
Bloom’s originals are characterized by economy and restraint. Her soprano solos stress melody, not chops. Her band respects this aesthetic choice by keeping a lid on the dynamics. Even the free pieces are marked by a relative sense of calm; they don’t boil over into cacophony. Perhaps the color red is emblematic of this prevailing mood, giving the record a quality of clear, intimate, personal expression.
Track Listing: 1. Always Hope 2. Time After Time 3. Monk's Rec Room 4. Tell Me Your Diamonds 5. Jax Calypso 6. Chagall/How Deep Is Your Ocean 7. Five Full Fathoms 8. It's a Corrugated World 9. Climb Inside Her Eyes 10. Emergency 11. Einstein's Red/Blue Universe
Record Label: Arabesque Jazz
Style: Modern Jazz