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Jane Ira Bloom: Early Americans

Read "Early Americans" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

One jazz music's premier soprano saxophonists, Jane Ira Bloom, crafted a career-defining recording with Sixteen Sunsets (Outline Records, 2013). So how does she follow that up? With an alteration of her quartet trajectory. Bloom's recorded output has consisted, over a career that began in the late 90s, of a series of mostly quartet sets, featuring terrific ...

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Jane Ira Bloom: Sixteen Sunsets

Read "Sixteen Sunsets" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Soprano saxophone virtuoso Jane Ira Bloom's intensely intimate and simultaneously cinematic Sixteen Sunsets is quite different from her preceding albums, Like Silver, Like Song (Artistshare, 2005), Mental Weather (Outline, 2008) and Wingwalker (Outline, 2010). Gone are the edgy flirtations with freer styles as well as the provocative, electrifying compositions. Instead the material is mostly standards and ...

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Jane Ira Bloom: Sixteen Sunsets

Read "Sixteen Sunsets" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Sidney Bechet pioneered the use of the soprano saxophone in jazz in the early 20s. John Coltrane brought that “straight horn" out of a relative dormancy of use in 1959 with his anthem-like take on Rodgers and Hammerstein's “My Favorite Things" on his Atlantic Records album of the same name. Steve Lacy took the soprano “out ...

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Natalie John: Unveiled

Read "Unveiled" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Listening to Natalie John's Unveiled is a jarring, almost alarming experience. It is comparable to a first listen to Tony William's Emergency (Polydor, 1969), or Miles Davis on the verge, with his “Lost Quintet" (Chick Corea, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, and Wayne Shorter), on the recently uncovered It's About That Time (Columbia, 2001). Those recordings presented ...